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ARTIST STATEMENT


"Gangway" oil 28" x 12" Julie Sulzen (2002)


By painting and photographing landscapes (both intimate and public), I aim to foster valuable
relationships among members of my city with the hope of creating a community that connects
multiple socio-economic backgrounds in the ever-evolving urban setting known as Chicago.

I communicate using images of homes, neighborhoods, and the built environment, in order
to bring understanding of the emotional and aesthetic ties that people have to their surroundings.

As a wife, mother, painter and lifelong Chicago resident, I ask questions about my own gendered
and class-status relationships within my community to help tell the particular stories of my
experiences through art.