Influences: Julia Randall

Julia Randall is an illustrator that creates hyperrealistic images that have surreal qualities. Randall attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 1999. She also attended Rutgers University and Washington University in St. Louis where she earned her MFA and BFA degrees respectively. Her work has been showcased in exhibitions all over the world including galleries in New York, Australia and Los Angeles. Randall lives and works in New York City and Connecticut.

Randall’s illustrations are so interesting to me because they are both beautiful and grotesque. She often uses imagery of the mouth and lips which represent this dichotomy. On her website she describes how the mouth is a “critical site”, the body part by which we experience so much of the world. People use mouths for speech, eating, kissing and biting which helps us to express and percieve a wide range of human experiences. Randall’s study of this body part through her work question what is natural in human desire and experience. Randall’s work is humorous, repulsive and erotic while still maintaining a quality of beauty.

To see more of her work visit her website: www.julia-randall.com