Julia Frances Vericella is a third generation Italian-American born in Los Angeles, California in 1991 to Pasquale and Patricia Vericella. Before attending college Vericella studied creative writing at Innerspark held at The California Institute of the Arts and studied fine art at the Pratt Institute. Vericella attended The School of the Art Institute (SAIC) and graduated in 2013 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. It was there that Vericella received a multidisciplinary art education, studying digital and analog photography, printmaking, bookmaking, figure drawing, oil painting, scientific illustration, sculpture. In 2011, Vericella also studied abroad at The Burren College of Art in Ballyvaughan, Ireland. Vericella currently resides in Los Angeles where she works out of her home studio.
My art is an expression of the ups and downs of living life with depression and trying to live without it. I also create work more grounded in political and social commentary in an effort to cope with and process the current political climate.
I work in a variety of media but my current focus is on photography. My work is mostly comprised of portraits, a large portion of which are self portraits. In my photography I often utilize close cropped portraits and try to capture a stillness in the live subject. That glimmer of still life in a portrait is an expression of the slowing of time that I experience during depression or, conversely, the wish to preserve the precious moments of true peace and happiness I experience. Through art I hope to create a space for open dialogue about mental health and social and political issues.
My work is influenced by Kiki Smith, Egon Shiele, Yayoi Kusama, Gerhard Richter, Cindy Sherman, Diane Arbus and Robert Mapplethorpe.