Artwork titled How We Are
  • Julie Weaver Loffer

Julie Weaver Loffer (1972, St. Paul, United States) makes paintings, photos, drawings, and installations. She considers her work to be the way that she can contribute to her community (Ojibwe Anishinaabeg, MN). By recording the stories and legends she loves. She is inspired to be a part of showcasing her culture in a contemporary and positive way. Another way she accomplishes this is by sharing her sense of humor and way that she sees things in a way that, to her, honors her subjects or topic. She uses her imagination to entice her viewers into considering how things that are true can be fantastical, stories that teach a point of view. She believes in illustrating her culture as a way of protecting their stories.

The artist can easily imagine her own interpretation without being hindered by the historical stereotypes society has placed on a people. The artist captures the connection she sees between contemporary society and Indigenous peoples, as well as her own tribe, which is Ojibwe Anishinaabeg from Minnesota.

Her works are an investigation into representations of gatherings and subjects as well as depictions and ideas that can only be realized in painting. By taking daily life as subject matter while commenting on the everyday aesthetic of her cultural (Ojibwe Anishinaabeg) values, she makes work that deals with the documentation of events and the question of how they can be presented. The work tries to express this by telling a story, creating a metaphor, or teaching a lesson.

Her works are characterized by the use of everyday subjects in an atmosphere of cultural value in which recognition plays an important role. Julie Weaver Loffer currently lives in Gavilan Hills and is an art student at Claremont Graduate University.

Artwork by Julie Weaver Loffer


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