Red, Red, Red
Living a life dictated by external pressures is expected by society. This series rejects those pressures and examines inward needs and desires. Each image depicts the cavernous interior of a football, an ubiquitous symbol of disciplined, normative masculinity in my native Texas. I peel back the exterior to reveal bold colors and surfaces that mimic the interior of the human body, a deconstructive process that reveals the uncanny, illusory nature of materials, objects, and systems. I compose each photograph as I would a painting, paying close attention to line, shape, and texture. The saturated red evokes a dramatic intensity; the visceral nature of the photographs creates the discomfort necessary for stimulating self-awareness in the viewer. Without self-awareness we continue to live according to an unrelenting status quo.
Julia Dotter graduated from Baylor University in December of 2016 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. She is an interdisciplinary artist seeking to understand existence. Her work often involves the examination of inanimate objects and the space they inhabit. This examination is in response to consumerism, lack of choice, and surveillance. She enjoys making familiar objects seem unfamiliar in an attempt to question daily life. Her work has been featured in Photographer’s Forum and UPPERCASE magazines.