Julia Dwinell

(Wrentham, Massachusetts)

Interior spaces hold a lot of personality and are very much a reflection of the times. Although interiors are strict, structurally sound spaces, they have a lot of personality and meaning through their decoration and the objects they hold. I feel connected through these spaces because I know there is a history behind how each space was created. I enjoy taking these interiors and adding my own personality to them as my paintings are quiet, subdued, and detail oriented.

This series of paintings shows abandoned interior spaces that I have interacted with in my lifetime before they were vacated. The scenes explore the unique identities of these spaces as they exist unoccupied today. In a time where everyone is confined to their homes, it seems strange to have these empty spaces stuck in time and untouched by the pandemic.

I have inserted myself into each interior by physically staging my own house plants within them. Some of the plants depicted occur multiple times throughout the series showing the plants’ growth over the duration in which these paintings were made. This new plant growth is juxtaposed with the old interior styles of the rooms or the worn down, crumbling of the building itself.