About Julia Zanes
I grew up in New Hampshire, and now live in rural Vermont with my husband Donald Saaf and two sons Isak and Ole. I studied film at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and have been working as a painter ever since. I also teach students of all ages and create marionette puppet shows with my husband, children, and friends. Our most recent and most ambitious show was a version of Faust called “The Green Gold Tree." I have shown my work at The Clark Gallery in Lincoln, MA since 1990 and have a show there currently called “The Blue Prophetic Alphabet” on display until the end of January.
About the Paintings
This is a selection of paintings from over the last 8 years or so. I tend to go through phases where I am focused on one idea for a period of time. For a while - in reaction to our involvement in Iraq - it was One Thousand and One Nights. I knew Baghdad, and tried, in a sort of apotropaic way, to recall the Baghdad I knew, which was a fairy tale world, an imagined world, but also I supposed, still existing on some level to counter the “real”.
The very large, more recent paintings are about reading the work of Carl Jung, and, as a result, reading about alchemy. I was also thinking about putting together board games and formal gardens to create a living image of the alchemical “golden game”.
I am not sure how important these ideas are to the final product which I hope speaks the visual language not dependent on words.