Julia Tatiyatrairong is an emerging artist working in Portland, OR and Seattle, WA. Growing up exposed to the art scene in Portland, she has been surrounded by creative inspiration starting at a young age. After studying visual arts at Brown University, she is back on the west coast continuing to make art. Her use of traditionally feminine practices, like knitting, crochet, and embroidery, into her current work is deeply personal. The labor and materiality emotes in her figures and abstractions. She is interested in how her work and her use of materials bring discourse in strength, contemporary form, femininity, delicateness/fragility, breaking gender norms, and womanhood. Julia has had work exhibited in Oregon, Washington, California, New York, Rhode Island and internationally in Spain. She is also available to do commissioned work.
Julia’s artwork contrasts the materiality of feminine craft with more masculine digital/electrical cabling and bare screws, creating a peculiarity to these fun, bright pieces, that make them subtly contest gender norms. For those that know the crafts of knitting, crochet, weaving or basket weaving, the textured patterns in many of her works will be familiar. Growing up having learned to knit and crochet from her mother, the use of such forms in her work is deeply routed. The cables put on display in her artwork create discourse on their utility or lack thereof, especially in the context of society keeping wires out of sight and the movement to go wireless. She is interested in the technological modern feel her works have and the relation to women in technology as well. By mixing traditional craft with electrical cable materials, she takes two contrasting forms with functions and strips them of their function so they can be viewed formally in a beautiful and quirky way. Her almost monochromatic pieces are complex yet simple and are meant to be lighthearted and playful.