Meet Your Maker Monday: Julie Zarate
I first met Julie Zarate at a show in Houston's East End and decided I had to keep up with the work she was producing in different styles and media. Julie's art called to me and I learned more about her and that nonstop creative output over time. It's been a good journey following her growth as an artist – please join in and read more about Julie in this week's profile.
What is your name, company, URL, and social media links?
What do you make?
I am a painter and a tinkerer; that is, I make assemblages… and big messes in the process.
What does a typical day look like for you?
Day job: legal assistant. After work: I head to the studio five minutes away and dive into whatever project is at hand. These days I've focused my efforts on painting since I actually share a studio with another artist (Naz Kaya-Erdal). Iit wouldn't be fair to work on any assemblages there as that tends to be a very messy process. I usually get home sometime just before midnight, and then start the whole thing all over again.
Why did you decide to start your own business and why Houston?
I grew up in Houston, but the art scene was so foreign to me. I never went into this thinking this was "a business", just a very time-consuming, soul-satisfying hobby. I met some great people along the way who have helped me (whether they realize it or not) get to where I am today. In many ways, that's still the way I feel about this venture. And I wouldn't change that feeling.
What are your inspirations and how do they guide your work?
A clear mind, a full heart and a clean space: these things can be hard to come by on some days, but there's something about sitting in front of the easel that makes everything just disappear. I've often said that painting is my Prozac, or any drug of choice for that matter. There's nothing that transports me quite so spiritually as painting. Being in the zone is one of the best places to be… but it can be addictive.
What's next for Julie Zarate?
There's an artist whose work I've admired on the streets of Houston for several years. I finally got to meet him last year and we sat down and talked about doing some collaborations, as our work was quite similar. It's been nearly a year in the making, but I'm so excited to say that our efforts have culminated into an actual series that will debut at an exhibition in a couple of weeks: "Zarate x Zen." Zenfull has been a joy to work with and it's wonderful to have someone where our styles respectively compliment one another. I am very much looking forward to see how the work is perceived by the public. We've been a bit secretive with the works and can hardly wait to finally show them. There will be both collaborative and individual works at the event. Opening night is Friday, 6/20 from 6 to 10 pm, and will be up for Open Studios on saturday 6/21, 2 - 6 pm at Hardy and Nance Studio Gallery (902 Hardy, Houston 77020).
Other than that, I'm very happy to be working once again with AlexiEra Gallery in St. Louis on a couple of upcoming shows and am excited about showing in Frankfurt, Germany at the Dream Factory.
What do you want people to know about your work?