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Julia Warr

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I could never keep the paint inside the lines either—I mean as a kid. My pictures always came out kind of sloppy looking, and there would be splotches of Elmer’s glue squishing out from between two sheets I tried to stick together—ugh! No wonder I didn’t continue making art. I’ll make a guess and say that Julia Warr must have experienced something similar in her youth, but maybe she was possessed of a more obstinate or simply less self-conscious character. In any case, she did keep making art and, more important, has continued to see her paint seep out across the lines, apparently with equanimity. Or, more likely, with pleasure. This could even be a job description for artists. Wanted: someone who takes pleasure in sensations other people find icky, to get some of those others to notice them as pleasurable, too.

What’s different about Warr’s lines—different from the ones in the paintings

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