JULE ROTENBERG

 

“Her sculptures capture just that instant when the dancers seem about to break free.”

~ American Art Collector Magazine

 

“My goal as an artist is to imbue the cold solidity of the bronze with life - to me movement captures this energy and is my inspiration.”

~ Jule Rotenberg

 

Creating with wax and fire and inspired by movement, Jule Rotenberg is a versatile artist who sculpts figurative bronzes and paints encaustic canvases.  Her figurative bronzes utilize the human form to express motion, often mid-action and off-balance, or captured in a momentary stance.  Her paintings, though all about color, also express motion.  Both ride the divide between abstractionism and realism.

 

Jule is originally from Texas and received her BFA in fine arts from Southern Methodist University with an emphasis in dance.  Education being important in her family, she balanced her academics with her focus on dance and graduated cum laude.  Her study and performance of dance continued for several years thereafter until a lower back injury ended her career.  She was forced to re-evaluate her pursuits and recalled her original focus, Art.  She continued her study of life drawing and sculpting technique in Texas, New York and Los Angeles, California.  She found a new love in the clay and an ability to translate her kinetic sense of movement and knowledge of anatomy into a solid form, thus capturing the human dance.

 

With her sculpture, Jule’s interest has always been to capture the essence of her subject and as a principal goal, allow the viewer to find a spiritual and emotional connection with it.  She contradicts the apparent notion that a form made from bronze should be static.  For Jule dance best conveys this and is her inspiration.  Since the beginning, this intention has translated into less detail and an avoidance of illustrative exactness.  It allowed for revealing traces of the modeling process and the natural textures of the materials.  It encouraged freedom to exaggerate anatomy and stretch apparent reality.  She is always drawn to the beauty and power of the human form and willing to move beyond its limitations to express the spirit within.

 

Jule had sculpted for many years when she decided to expand her artistic expression and found encaustic painting.  Both use wax and fire.  She began to study and experiment with pigmented wax and the process of putting it on canvas. This led her to develop her own technique, which in and of itself, embraces movement, and saw her abstracted florals emerge as she “painted” with the torch, layering pigmented wax upon pigmented wax.  This process allows Jule to create depth, to blend or define colors, and to “dance” with abstract realism.

 

 

“I don’t work directly from the model, but conceptualize the sculpture referring only to the model for answers to specific questions.  I prefer this process which allows me to exaggerate, simplify or distort for effect.  I paint in an even freer style.  I never quite know where my torch will take me.”  ~ Jule

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