Julia Poage is a senior English and art double major from Houston, Texas, who lives and works in San Antonio. Her work has been featured in the Art Department’s juried student exhibition, the Mini, as well as the San Antonio Art League’s annual collegiate exhibition. In 2018, she received a Mellon grant, which funded research that resulted in a series of three graphic narrative paintings entitled What Makes a Memorial Museum? This series will be on view at the 2019 National Conference on Undergraduate Research. She has worked as a staff illustrator for Trinity University’s student newspaper, the Trinitonian, and currently works as a freelance graphic designer.
Bust is a self-portrait done in silverpoint on panel, with gouache accents. Silverpoint is a method of drawing in which the artist uses a thin silver rod to scratch their image into a ground prepared with a primer. The beauty of this medium to Julia is that the silverpoint line looks so much like graphite, which is so temporary, but in fact is permanent and inflexible.