Julie Pigott, Mixed Media
Julie Mae Pigott creates one-of-a-kind mixed media Ancestor sculptures and paintings, each with it's own personality and "feel."
"My art explores the desire to connect and feel supported by ancestors standing behind me. Adopted as an infant, I find unique freedom in this exploration."
Inspired by Alaska Native culture and the raw beauty in Alaska, Julie Mae Pigott uses sounds, colors, shapes, textures, and salt air tastes in her art. Paintings and sculptures are a combination of acrylic paint, canvas, wood, copper, shells, glass beads and found objects.
"Intuition, spirit and play guide me in my creative process. As each painting and sculpture emerges, I feel a greater sense of connection to myself, and all of humanity. I believe our ancestors are intricately woven into who we are, and how we move through this world. Carrying the question "Who are you?", as each piece emerges, sometimes I'm gifted an answer such as, "I am the one who sees you just as you are."
In the words of Chickasaw poet Linda Hogan, "Walking. I am listening to a deeper way. Suddenly all my ancestors are behind me. Be still, they say. Watch and listen. You are the result of the love of thousands."
Julie lived in Fairbanks and Juneau, AK for 17 years with her husband and two children, before moving to Whidbey Island, WA where she currently lives.