My practice rotates around themes of perception, memory, and place. I work to understand how we perceive or fail to perceive moments in their natural context, and how this can expose the tension between the familiar falling away and the unfamiliar appearing. My recent work uses imagery appropriated from my grandfather’s standard 8mm family films shot in Florida throughout the 1960s and 70s. These films were shot on a camera that unexpectedly exposed the film outside of its standardized frame, creating moments existing only in the film’s margins. By appropriating the space where the image has bled out of the frame, I am also creating a space for overlooked moments to be noticed within projects that require the labor of reading images.
Julia Clouser (b. 1992 Clearwater, Florida) is a conceptual, interdisciplinary artist whose practice includes photography, text, and video. She completed her MFA in Multidisciplinary Art from the Mount Royal School of Art at Maryland Institute College of Art with a Concentration in Critical Studies and a Certificate in the College Teaching of Art in 2019, and her BFA in Fine Art Photography from the Corcoran College of Art + Design in 2014. Clouser was selected as the 2019-2020 recipient of the MFA Fellowship Studio at the Bromo Seltzer Tower and has work in the Transformer FlatFile collection in Washington, DC. Her work has been shown nationally, including at the Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport and the Corcoran Gallery of Art. Julia currently lives and works in Baltimore, MD.