VA Senior Julia Ambros crafts personal creative practice.

Posted by: Elisabeth Josset 8 months ago

VA Senior Julia Ambros crafts personal creative practice.

Julia has a massive body of work that combines her studies in COSA Visual Arts, CHS Ceramics and CHS Visual Arts AP Portfolio, showing authentic dedication to crafting her personal creative practice. As an Ambassador for COSA, Julia demonstrates the qualities of leadership, confidence, initiative, and dedication.  Her website can be viewed at

Julia Ambros' Art

Left: Sublime: Love out of Control. Right: The Solution to all my Problems

The following artist statement was written by Julia as one of her many realized efforts to embrace the larger world of artistic opportunities.

"From my point of view, by taking on the title of “artist,” I assigned myself a life-long “project.” The project consists of two things: a competition with myself and an effort to be creative until the end of my life. Other people see my art which is the result of this project, but the project itself is only important to me. This has helped me separate my internal world from the external world, which has resulted in being able to articulate my thoughts better and manifest them into artwork. I am able to create a space where I am “alone” with my art, and am able to converse with it. 

This “project” has also helped me greatly with identifying why I feel compelled to make art. I am very lucky to live in an artistic household, so art has always been an element of home for me. This means that I never really chose to start making art, but I did choose to make it a discipline of mine. I’ve found great motivation from within the medium of Ceramics. Ceramics allows me to use all my 2D skills on 3D forms, but it also requires me to work around the variables of the kiln and glazes. Since ceramics requires me to give up a certain level of control, I find myself motivated to try new things just to see how the kiln decides to manipulate my original work. Additionally, the pure amount of techniques within ceramics is enough to keep me busy for the rest of my life, trying new kinds of firing and clays. I am motivated by the idea that I will be able to try new things until the end of my life.

       For my portfolio, I chose to center my pieces around the different shapes love takes in different situations, persons, and stages in life. When developing the idea for this theme, I was very frustrated with my own romantic endeavors and as a result, I started to notice irregularities between the love that is marketed at teenagers versus the love that teenagers experience in real life. Between 90’s teen romances, idyllic Netflix Originals, and social media influencers, teenagers right now have an unrealistic version of romantic love being marketed to them as a branded product. This builds on the narrative that romantic love is a necessity for a meaningful life and downplays the importance of all other types of love present in human relationships. Although the Greeks identified seven different kinds of love, I wanted to get much more specific, as well as including my own identity as an inexperienced young person as part of the portfolio. I want this to be a portfolio that ages along with me, as well as being a representation of how youth affects our perception of love for those who are further along in life. 

            For my first piece “Sublime: Love out of Concern,” I wanted to represent how those who enjoy time alone are often met with well-concern from loved ones about isolating themselves. This is based partially on personal experience as I am concerned to see my Dad living a very solitary life, but I find myself forming similar habits while being very happy with my choices. I created my second piece, “The Solution to all my Problems” to address the toxic idea that romantic love or a relationship will solve all the problems in one’s life, when that is a very unfair expectation to place on another person. Through the piece “A Heaping Tablespoon,” I wanted to communicate the pain of losing yourself in a relationship, romantic or otherwise.  For “ Birth of Parents,” I was inspired by film photos of my parents before marriage or children, and how as their daughter, I find it difficult to see them as anything other than parents. I wanted to explore how parenthood forever changes your identity and the way in which you love. For “Popocatépetl and Iztaccíhuatl” I was inspired by my personal experience of the unconditional love immigrant parents feel for their children and how that unconditional love manifests itself in sacrifices such as leaving all family behind and attempting to make a home in a foreign place. For “Table Set for Two, Food for One” I wanted to communicate the balancing act required for those with a passion to maintain healthy relationships with the people in their lives while simultaneously practicing their passion with the devotion they desire. For “Battlefield: A Neuron in Love” I wanted to communicate how quickly nostalgia for the past “good parts” of a relationship can turn into an unhealthy habit of living in the past. And lastly, for “Pamo, Peach and Laurel” I wanted to explore how a person’s love (or lack of) for their home affects their general well-being."

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Left: Heaping Tablespoon.  Right: Birth of Parents.

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Left: Popocatépetl and Iztaccíhuatl.  Right: Table Set for Two, Food for One.

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Left: Battlefield: A Neuron in Love.  Right: Pamo, Peach and Laurel.

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