Julia Bradshaw’s current creative research projects center on the material and production properties of photography and also flatness and abstraction in contemporary photography. Her talk will focus on her most recent work; which centers on using photographs as malleable material and an interest in making work concerned with the technical properties of photography. Unable to separate the theoretical and the creative in her art practice, Bradshaw will describe her projects in context of the work of other photographers and theorists engaged with similar concerns.
Julia Bradshaw is Assistant Professor of Photography and New Media Communications at Oregon State University. British-born she spent nine years living and working in Munich, Germany prior to moving to the United States. These international moves, second-language and cultural experiences are often the fodder for her artworks. Her creative projects make use of photography and video to problem-solve and comment on issues of the everyday; such as language, social-issues, or being an artist.
As a writer, Julia Bradshaw published several reviews in afterimage: The Journal of Media Arts and Criticism and wrote over twenty articles for online arts blogs. Her research essay on the photography in the Fresno Feminist Art Program was published in Exposure, The Journal of the Society for Photographic Education. And as a curator, she has assembled exhibitions at venues in California and Oregon.