Although I describe my style as "graffiti inspired", it is only graffiti inspired,and is not actually graffiti art itself. The struggle to belong to a community isn’t just a part of the subject matter, but is also a driving force of the creation of the art. As an artist who battles with traditional ideas of identity, blackness, and femininity; an overall sense of fluidity and uneasiness are very visible in my pieces. Through this evolving process of creation, I hope to better understand myself and my place within my social community.
Julia Williamson is a multimedia artist residing in Buffalo, NY. She received her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Visual Arts and New Media from Fredonia State University of New York in 2009. Her works have been shown across Western New York including Art 247 Gallery, 125 Art Collective, Buffalo Art Studio, Artspace Buffalo, the Carnegie Art Center, and the Rochester Contemporary Art Center. She also does freelance graphic design, photography, and illustration as JW Design + Photo and is the author/illustrator of several self-published children's books including Dickens' Mittens, Nia and the Swan, and The Worst Sneeze Ever. Additional samples of her work can be found online and Facebook.com/jwdesignphoto and on Instagram at @jwdesignphoto.