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All About Teaching Artist Julia Rich

I am energized and inspired by artists whose work lies at the outer boundaries of what defines their medium. In my own work, I aspire to take the lessons of these innovators and apply them to interactive art that, through its liminal status between established disciplines, is able to more viscerally engage one’s imagination as well as blur the lines between audience and artist/performer. I often find that so much of what feels familiar to us about a given art form is really just habits of creative process and universally adopted tools/applications. Working with code and emerging technologies allows me to lay the groundwork of a process where I can fabricate my own creative tools rather than simply relying on what is readily available. Continually deepening my knowledge in code and tech is essential to fully realizing these goals of designing experiential art with unfamiliar qualities that is as immersive as it is difficult to categorize.

Julia Rich

Tell us about your artistic practice and how working with children inspires you.
My artistic practice relies on discovery and curiosity. As I experiment with mixing mediums, I try to, for some of the time, forget the practices of what has commonly defined an art form. Working with kids reminds me to continue to examine and play with art, which pushes me to define art forms for myself.

Do you have a favorite memory of making art as a child?
I used to tinker in my dad’s wood shop, either working on props for school plays, furniture and ceramics for the house, or building toy cars.  This early opportunity to experiment with building and making has not only encouraged me to pursue it as a career, but also filled me with the confidence to bring a creative mind to obstacles I might run into along the way.

What is your favorite part about working at CMA?
I love the community that the museum builds. It’s so wonderful to see families from all over the world coming to make art together. It reminds me how lucky I am to be working in these fields.

View more of Julia’s work below:
Eye Drops
Lightning Game

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