Julie Schenkelberg grew up in the post-industrial landscape of Cleveland, Ohio and worked for fifteen years as a scenic artist in professional theater before becoming a fine artist. Her mixed-media installations start with everyday objects such as knives, cups, and furniture, which evoke her personal history. The theater's stage becomes the psychoanalytical landscape of memory, symbols, and a collective experience of materiality. Schenkelberg often pairs household objects with construction materials, hacking, arranging, and deconstructing until the whole stew transcends the sum of the parts. Like the theater, Schenkelberg's works create newly shared memories with the viewer, enveloping the audience in a cacophony of emotions and narrative threads.
Julie Schenkelberg lives and works in Brooklyn. Schenkelberg received a BA in art history at the College of Wooster, and an MFA at the School of Visual Arts, NY, with additional studies at SAIC at Oxbow, MI, Pont Aven School of Contemporary Art, France, and the Institute of European Studies, Vienna. She has been included in group exhibitions in New York, Chicago, and Ohio, and has an upcoming exhibition at the Sculpture Center in Cleveland, Ohio. She was awarded a residency at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts and has been named of the "30 Artist to Watch in 2012" by NY Arts Magazine.