After a decade in her Rotary Centre for the Arts studio, artist Julia Trops is closing one door to reopen a new one.
Trops has been a staple in the building from it’s inception and this weekend, as she fire sales artwork to raise money for an artist-in-residency in Italy next summer, she will likely be a little introspective about leaving her home-away-from-home at Studio 113.
“It is time to move on,” she said. “I need to get out into the world.”
Known primarily for her colourful figurative work, Trops paints a very idillic picture of her next career phase, which kicks off with a month-long residency offered by the Bau Institute.
The institute runs two residency programs, one in Italy and the other in New York, and the home where she will stay in Ortanto, Italy, at the very southeastern tip of the boot, sports a living and working space downstairs and sleeping area up.
Presumably there will be plenty of quiet space to reflect as she begins her new project, Venus is Rising, which will look at the rise of feminine power.
A founder of the Livessence drawing group, she’s helped start the Arts Awards, built the Erotic Art Show from the ground up and lent her voice and artwork to countless causes in her time at the RCA, making her mark on the building and the local creative landscape.
She is currently curating the (largely) figurative work on display at Ex Nihilo Vineyards and has sold work all over the world by jumping online. But after working on nudes, producing up to 2000 works per year for a decade, with a brief dalliance in flowers, she’s come to a conclusion.
“I’m rediscovering my own feminine voice and feminine power,” she said. “…And I believe we are heading toward a matriarchy.”
As a 12-year veteran of the Canadian Air Force, Trops says she’s spent her time on the other side of the fence, living in a very patriarchal world. Now researching and reading various philosophical, historical and anthropological texts, she sees the world heading toward an era where the women hold more power.
In the meantime, she will return to her home-based studio to document this shift in her own way.
This Saturday, Dec. 10 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Trops and fellow artists Trina Ganson and Angela Bonten will be in studio, selling the place out.