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Julie Abijanac received her MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art and BFA from CCAD. She currently is an Associate Professor teaching in the MFA and Honors programs at CCAD. Her professional practice outside of the educational community includes; II International Textile Art Symposium FORTRESS MAN Daugavpils Mark Rothko Art Centre, 8th International Paper Triennial at the Musee du Charmey, Switzerland, FiberArt International 2013 (where she received the People’s Choice Award), and 68th Annual Ohio Exhibition 2012 (where she placed 1st in Fiber/Textiles,). Julie is also a recipient of the Capelli d’Angeli Foundation 2013 Artist Grants for woman artist whose work is a response to having and coping with cancer.

The work of Julie Abijanac deals with her personal struggle with cancer. She creates digital drawings and relief paper sculptures that explore the systematic development of cancer cell metastasis. Each piece she depicts a shape quality or motif from specific field-stain specimens, which is then used in multiples. Compositional aspects are then portrayed with the use of these individual segments or shapes and then fused together to create modules. With the use of recycled paper(s) and/or fiber, the fundamental elements of visual art are put to use including space, shape, texture, movement, and pattern. Close up, the three-dimensional lines of these paper-sculpted works are so elegantly graceful, but also intricately complex, just as life itself is at once lush and beautiful in the face of an utterly unpredictable future. Julie aspires to create works that provides a connection between the viewer and the beauty found in the organic development of cellular growth found in a potentially deadly disease.

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