Julia Schwadron's paintings are derived from combinations of observations of landscapes, photographs, objects or images of other paintings. Recently, she has been using the book covers of specific Self Help books to serve as a reflection of, or a mirror for our constant search for truth within ourselves. She finds the trope of “painting as a window to the world” a useful starting point for the possibility that the subject of a painting can portray itself, and simultaneously conjure up far more complex relationships.
Since 2006, she has been working alone and with artist Steve Lambert on an ongoing “sign project”, making signs for public locations around NYC. She spends time making simple paper drawings and then put them out into the world. '"The statements on the signs tend to be those that I might say to myself, most times to reassure against my own doubts".' She posts signs where people will see them, and where they feel that they can make an impact. They become gifts, and the only artifact is the photograph. Julia hopes that her paintings might inspire reflection in the viewer within an art context, while the “signs” become a more direct invitation to grant the internal permissions she grants herself to the public as they are passing through their day.