Artists for the Amazon

Julia Loman

“Sustained, intense seeing of the world does matter. It always matters.”

-Terry Evans, photographer

My footsteps beat along the path: a syncopated rhythm with the hammers and drills building houses just beyond the trees. A steady beat that calms and grounds me, punctuated by a flower or a seed pod that catches my eye. For a moment I can be lost in the simple act of observation. I am fascinated in the unassuming, elegant forms. I gather them up, compulsively and in delight, to study later, in a different place.

My fascination with living systems drives my work. Through a combination of photography, drawing, and sculpture, I delve into the particulars of the forms and the emotions of the spaces that I explore.

The Amazon is an incredible treasure of the natural world, filled with a multitude of wonderful and unique organisms. While I’ve never been to the Amazon, I can just imagine marveling at the plants and observing the animals there with the same captivation that I experience in my Virginia woods. I believe that artists have the potential to bring amazing places like this into the cultural consciousness so that we have a chance to give them the care that they need.

Julia Loman is an artist from Charlottesville, Virginia, where she recently graduated from the University of Virginia with a degree in Biology and Studio Art. She was a 2014-2015 Aunspaugh Fellow at the UVA Studio Art Department. Julia is creating a series of blog posts for Amazon Aid Foundation called Julia’s Journal, which combines art and science to help people engage with the Amazon Rainforest and the issues surrounding it. Check it out here.

Julia’s person work can be found at julialoman.com.