Location: United States
The daughter of a Filipino Merchant Marine who arrived in San Francisco in the 1920’s from Makato, Aklan, Philippines and his wife from Fukuoka, Japan who he met while on tour and married in the late 1950’s. Julia LaChica was born in 1963 and grew up in the North Ping Yuen housing project in San Francisco’s Chinatown surrounded by multiple languages she did not speak. This “very San Francisco” experience of merging histories, conjoined landscapes, and attraction to the strangeness of words continues to inform her sense of aesthetics and belonging. After several years working as an independent artist, in 2001 she completed her BFA from the California College of the Arts in Industrial Design. Her painting is deeply informed by her training as a designer and often includes formal elements such as pattern and motif, but her pieces also seek to interrupt expected forms and emotional responses by interjecting unusual elements or visual surprises.
In my work, the fascination with the mechanics of construction and design continues to inform me, and a consistent feature is the layering of different histories and cultures. I consciously work to create a sense of the past by integrating found objects, distressing elements, and aging materials in order to reveal how corrosion, rust and wear accumulate on bodies and surfaces.
30"x40" acrylic on canvas, 2020. Childhood memory: wooden dolls in a box of fish flakes and hot steaming rice with umeboshi.
11"x14" acrylic on birch cradle panel, 2020. Still life of wooden carvings from Mexico. My guardians protect me.
30"x40", acrylic on birch cradle panel, 2019. Looking for mom. North Ping Yuen, San Francisco, CA
8"x11", collage on board. 2019