Thursday, May 13, 2010

Better by design

Posted By on Thu, May 13, 2010 at 2:00 PM

click to enlarge NATURE INSPIRED: Julia Kubica has struggled to make the shift from design to fine art, but did so for Sprout, the current exhibition at Kibbee Gallery.
  • NATURE INSPIRED: Julia Kubica has struggled to make the shift from design to fine art, but did so for Sprout, the current exhibition at Kibbee Gallery.

If you’ve been around Atlanta’s maze of art and culture long enough, you’ve run into the work of designer and artist Julia Kubica. Most likely you didn’t even know it. Kubica’s been producing design work for Atlanta’s art world, in addition to other clients, for the past decade and has made major contributions to the scene’s look and feel.

Kubica also has another side that emerges occasionally, and she explores it in Sprout, the current exhibition of plant-inspired art at Kibbee Gallery curated by Anne-Marie Manker. But as the artist reports, splitting time between design for clients and making fine art with no guarantee of a sale or even an audience can be a stretch, particularly in the current economic climate.

“It’s hard to find work,” says the 31-year-old, “and it’s hard to justify artwork, for me.” Kubica speaks in a quiet but insistent voice as she walks through the rooms of Kibbee Gallery shortly before the opening of Sprout. It’s a problem many artists confront: how to feel like a “real” artist when real life is constantly getting in the way.

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