Julienne Alexander

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Where did you grow up?

I grew up in the mountains of North Carolina, outside of Asheville (in Mars Hill) and then in Chapel Hill.


How do you describe your style of art?

I think my mural work often mimics my design practice in that it's structured around the placement, audience(s), or material and from there aims at simplicity.


What inspired your satellite design?

The bowl-like shape of the dish along with the nature theme given to us by Duke made this combination—of nesting birds and spaghetti—impossible to avoid.


What other projects are you working on?

I'm currently helping to design a mural at the Durham Co-op (to be completed in the fall). I'm also preparing to teach a summer design course in Tokyo this summer, which may include a mural created by the design class.


Why do you think art is important?

Public art's purpose seems somehow able to transcend style or subject by giving viewers and residents a sense of care, of a nurtured environment, of place—regardless of their specific views on the art itself. I think that's a cool tradition to be a part of and I'm honored to get to participate in that.