“I am trying to develop an infinite mystical order out of either expressionistic or atmospheric chaos. In the midst of a void, I am creating a space in which to give dignity to my own dream, mankind’s dream, to find a dignity that might include all living things.”
Julia San Roman’s current work is inspired by the California Light and Space Movement of the 1960s and 70s. She calls this work “bilingual” in that it integrates “geometric abstraction with naturalistic light episodes.” Being bilingual is second nature to San Roman. She was born and raised in Madrid, and migrated to San Diego in 1988; and she is both a scientist – holding a PhD in Biology – and an artist. This is her third time showing at Fresh Paint Gallery. You can view a sampling of her other work on our website.
San Roman’s two paintings in the 20/20 show are part of a series she calls “Dissociation.” She writes “conceptually I was focusing on the light of hope, and formally I was separating the color from the subject matter and the subjects from themselves. This intimate passage reflected my encounter with an old reality where my circumstances disengaged into the individual pieces without possibly interlocking in harmony, at a time of material loss, a time of great spiritual loss. I wanted and I still want to have hope.”