Devils Colony

"Devils Colony: Spit Spectre (sculpture), human and cormorant-foraged materials, textiles, PVC, and earth." - Cole Swanson

Hamilton Artists Inc

Devil’s Colony is a cross-disciplinary exhibition that examines the sociocultural, material, and scientific relationships between humans and an often-reviled colonial species, double-crested cormorants. The exhibition examines the material connections between humans and cormorants as demonstrated by the birds’ collection of non-biodegradable waste materials. Devil’s Colony is a recreation of the nesting site and its dramatic shifts in ecological activity. The work transports patrons into the heart of the colony to bear witness to the complex lives of a burgeoning species at a critical sociocultural and political moment. Through this intimate, material encounter, Devil’s Colony attempts to promote curiosity and empathy to consider the manifold relationships we share with other agents in the natural world.

For Berta

"For Berta" - Dedicated to all the environmental defenders who are killed each year. 2019. 

Julie Sperling is a Canadian mosaic artist based in Kitchener, Ontario. Her studio practice finds her camped out at the intersection of art, environment, science, and policy. She firmly believes in the important role that artists play as advocates, activists, and change-makers.

When she is not wearing her work overalls, she is a policy analyst with Environment and Climate Change Canada. But really, she is happiest when she has a rock in one hand and her hammer in the other.

Julie's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sperlingmosaics/

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In The Belly Of The Wale

"In The Belly Of The Wale" - All about ocean plastics. 2019.

Julie Sperling is a Canadian mosaic artist based in Kitchener, Ontario. Her studio practice finds her camped out at the intersection of art, environment, science, and policy. She firmly believes in the important role that artists play as advocates, activists, and change-makers.

When she is not wearing her work overalls, she is a policy analyst with Environment and Climate Change Canada. But really, she is happiest when she has a rock in one hand and her hammer in the other.

Julie's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sperlingmosaics/

Other works of the artist

Everything We Touch

"Everything We Touch" - All about how we've gotten our dirty fingerprints everywhere on this planet. 2019. 

Julie Sperling is a Canadian mosaic artist based in Kitchener, Ontario. Her studio practice finds her camped out at the intersection of art, environment, science, and policy. She firmly believes in the important role that artists play as advocates, activists, and change-makers.

When she is not wearing her work overalls, she is a policy analyst with Environment and Climate Change Canada. But really, she is happiest when she has a rock in one hand and her hammer in the other.

Julie's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sperlingmosaics/

Other works of the artist

Rain Collaboration

Rain Collaboration

Rain, watercolor, graphite on recycled paper
2018
24” x 18"

Anthropogenic Atmosphere

Oil on canvas applied with my body and natural objects
2020
36” x 48”Migration #1

Oil on un-stretched canvas applied with body and natural objects
64”h x 41”w
2019

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Age of Dodo Project

In the current era or Anthropocene, man places himself at the center of everything, with his own market needs, redesigning landscape to the point of leaving permanent traces in the rock, without realising that the Dodo can be himself, if he does not act to change things.

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