Julia Shepley layers translucent media such as cast and etched glass, fabric and Mylar using stitching, structural elements, ink and pencil drawings and their cast shadows to create three-dimensional drawings. She is inspired by the study of structures and processes over time to create artwork that imply a physical journey through the layers of story, structure and space.
Her work is represented in museum, university, corporate and library collections. Exhibitions of her work include: MEWO Kunsthalle, Memmingen, Germany; Kuntverien Tiergarten, Berlin, Germany; The Sculpture Center, Cleveland Ohio, The Danforth Museum, Framingham MA; The DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA; The Berkshire Museum, Pittsfield, MA; I.C.A. at MCA, Portland, ME; The Rose Art Museum, Waltham MA; The Mills Gallery, Boston, A.I.R. Gallery NYC among many others.
She is represented by the Boston Sculptors Gallery and affiliated with the Textile Study Group in NYC. Her work has been regularly reviewed in publications, most recently in Sculpture Magazine, The Boston Globe and Art New England.
“Shepley is an artist of the poetic and insubstantial. We seem to be looking at embodiments of memory, traces in time, and delicate dreams, opening up countless possibilities of allusion, illusion, and fantasy.” Alicia Faxon, “Art New England”