The work of Seattle sculptor Julie Speidel is heavily influenced by ancient forms and monuments. As a teenager, she lived in the British Isles and was fascinated by the pre-historic ruins she saw in England, Ireland, and Scotland, including the stone monoliths at Newgrange and Stonehenge. Her work in both bronze and stone reflects the primitive nature of these structures and others she found on wide travels throughout Europe and Asia.
Speidel was born in 1941 in Seattle, Washington. She studied in Seattle at the University of Washington and the Cornish Institute, and in France at the University of Grenoble. Her work can be found in museums, corporate collections, and at three U.S. embassies. Just this year she’s had gallery shows in Manhattan and Sun Valley. Her 24-foot sculpture Tregaseal adorns the lawn of the Federal Courthouse at 5th and Madison in downtown Seattle. At 70 she still has plenty of ideas and new works to last another lifetime.
This thirty-minute profile on the artist, tells of growing up in Seattle, her non-art schooling, becoming a jewelry designer and then starting sculpture not until she was in her late 30‘s.
Produced and Edited by John Forsen. Shot on Sony PMW-F3 with Ziess super primes, Canon D5 and Sony EX-3 with Letus adapter and Ziess primes. Cameramen: Randy Peck, Joseph Hudson and John Forsen.
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