Exhibition by Kjelgaard in AU’s Biggin Gallery reflects Indian experience

Julia Kjelgaard at work on Cosmos in Biggin Gallery
Julia Kjelgaard at work on Cosmos in Biggin Gallery

AUBURN – “Indo Indicia, ” an exhibition of the works of Julia Kjelgaard and described as meditations on Indian culture and thought patterns, opened in Auburn University’s Biggin Gallery this week and will run through Nov. 2.

Kjelgaard recently returned from a trip to India where she developed many of the works in this exhibition. She had previously traveled to Tibet in 2002 and lived for five months in India in 2005.

In her Tibet series, Kjelgaard explores both the exotic and the common, pairing fragments of scenes from Tibet with patterns that are derived from the pixelization of common Western fabrics.

The exhibition features a series of large digital prints on canvas that have been painted and embroidered. A six-feet by 11-feet work, titled “Cosmos,” incorporates drawing with circular digital prints of various shapes resulting in a sculptural wall.

Kjelgaard’s work is supported in part by a University Research Grant from Emory University and by the Fulbright Research Scholar Program.

She holds a bachelor of arts degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara; a master of fine arts degree from the University of Michigan; and has studied printmaking at the University of Alberta, Canada. She has received an Alabama State Council on the Arts Fellowship and a Hambidge Fellowship.

Her prints and paintings have been shown in national and international exhibitions in England, Germany, Ireland, Japan, Poland, Taiwan and Yugoslavia. Her work is in collections in the Taipei Fine Arts Museum, the Huntsville Museum of Art, the Kala Institute and the Moscow Studio.
Kjelgaard will present an artist talk on Thursday, Nov. 1, at 4:30 p.m. in 005 Biggin Hall. A reception for the artist will follow in Biggin foyer.

Biggin Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. or by appointment. Biggin Gallery is free of admission, wheelchair accessible and open to the public. For more information contact Barb Bondy, exhibitions and lectures coordinator, department of art, (334) 844-3483 or bondybj@auburn.edu .

Contact: Barb Bondy, (334) 844-3483 (bondybj@auburn.edu), or
Mike Clardy, (334) 844-9999 (clardch@auburn.edu