Julie Marie Ables-Playl
Julie Marie Playl runs the Printmaking, Paper, and Graphic Arts (PPGRA) Department studios. She oversees the maintenance of the studios and assures all facilities run smoothly, in addition to helping students in PPGRA processes. If you have a project that incorporates anything from book to print to Riso to paper, Julie can guide you in the right direction, and will work with you to achieve your project.
Julie Marie Ables-Playl grew up in San Francisco kissing banana slugs and running wild in the redwoods. In 2012, Julie earned her BFA in Fine Arts with a concentration in Printmaking, Paper, and Book Arts from Memphis College of Art in Tennessee. In 2016, she earned both a Master of Fine Arts and a Master of Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Her artwork has been exhibited in galleries both near and far, including shows at North/South Gallery in Oakland, CA, Marshal Arts in Memphis, TN, The Overture Center in Madison, WI, and the SRISA Gallery of Contemporary Art in Florence, Italy.
She has three food-named pets and a growing army of house plants.
Julie's work explores the common language of anxiety through the use of form and process. Using the mediums of bookmaking, letterpress, paper-making, and ceramics, allows for the translation the elements of often-ignored mental health disorders into a common lexicon. Each of the processes demands an incredible amount of time, effort, repetition, and attention that is all at once both overwhelming and exceptionally deliberate. By tapping into experiences with mental health issues, she seeks to create a visual narrative through which one can better understand an array of widespread neurological related issues through alluring yet unnerving forms.