Julie Rogers grew up in North Augusta, South Carolina and later earned her BFA at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC. Currently she is working toward her MFA at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee.
Julie’s current research considers various ecological issues while focusing on ideas of the artificial versus the organic, and the act of preservation versus the process of decay. She looks at natural systems of growth as a starting point for creating non-living artificial organisms out of inorganic plastic materials such as drinking straws, plastic sheeting, insulation foam, and plexi glass. With these materials she mimics the way things grow within our environment by taking many small parts to construct a larger whole, creating the illusion of a natural environment in the form of an installation. Additionally, she takes photographs of the objects within the installation as further means to question what is fake and what is real.