Oral Fixations: Drawings by Julia Randall

Friday March 28, 2014 - Sunday May 25, 2014
Oral Fixations: Drawings by Julia Randall

Julia Randall (American, born 1968), Strawberry #2, from the series Blown, 2012, colored pencil on paper, 18 x 24 inches. © Copyright Julia Randall. Collection of A. G. Rosen.

From strange hybrid Lovebirds to disembodied mouths and monumental bubblegum, the subjects of Julia Randall’s drawings seduce the viewer. Oral Fixations is a ten-year retrospective of the meticulous, hyperrealist drawings by Randall, Assistant Professor of Art at Wesleyan. As the artist explains, she sees the mouth as "the threshold of the id," and her works are "simultaneously erotic and humorous, beautiful and repulsive." The exhibition title nods towards Sigmund Freud's theory of oral-stage fixation, but Randall's often monumental drawings go beyond psychoanalysis, presenting surreal, sensual, even visceral images, while surprising with a sense of humor.

The Davison Art Center published a catalog in conjunction with this exhibition.

For two Wesleyan student reviews of the exhibition, please see:

Exhibition Review Excerpt: Julia Randall at Davison Art Center
Mouthing Off: Julia Randall's "Oral Fixations" at the Davison Art Center

Related events:

Opening reception
Friday, March 28, 5:00-7:00 pm
Gallery talk by Julia Randall at 5:30 pm
Free of charge and open to the public.

Mouth as Muse: Drawings by Julia Randall
Wednesday, April 23, 5:00 pm
Artist’s talk by Julia Randall
CFA Hall
Free of charge and open to the public.