Julie Henson is an artist whose work explores gender, power, and performance through American icons. Often focusing on female athletes, politicians, televangelists, and music performers, her practice explores the ways in which women, and their bodies, are portrayed in the media, bridging the gap between a person's image and physical being–their myth and their reality.
These concepts have taken form through image-based sculptures, videos, and installations that blend advertisements, press photographs, and archival footage spanning the last seven decades. Often exploring female cultural icons by removing the figures from their original context and reducing them down to essential characteristics, Henson deconstructs the codes embedded within these icons and reveals how they act as a mirror for the society that they represent, past and present.
Julie Henson (b. 1983 in Charleston, SC) lives and works in Los Angeles. Henson received her MFA in from California College of the Arts in 2011. Henson has had solo exhibitions at Anat Ebgi, Los Angeles, and the Columbia Museum of Art, South Carolina. She has also participated in group shows at numerous museums and spaces including the Ben Maltz Gallery at Otis College of Art, Los Angeles, the Torrance Art Museum, Torrance; and the Visual Art Center at the University of Texas, Austin. Henson’s work has been reviewed in the pages of Elephant Magazine, Artforum, and Hyperallergic and she was a 2017 nominee for the Rema Hort Mann Foundation Emerging Artist Award.