Julianna Barabas - Artist, Speaker, Educator, Change Catalyst

Episode 1 - In the Beginning was the Word, and the Work

In this first episode, I visited christine stoddard, MFA, PhD, E-RYT, FCC* (in process), who was my 'caretaker' and closest witness throughout the original series. 


You can learn more about christine at  https://www.inthefield.org/blog/  She does 1:1 personal coaching, yoga instruction and conscious business coaching + consulting. Bookmark inthefield.org for coming updates!


My everlasting thanks to the grace, wisdon and tenacity of my favorite beautiful and talented partner in art, without whom this work would never have gotten off the ground and onto my skin. 


Link to video:  https://youtu.be/kS7533uI9iw


Seamline Artist Statement from 2003


Seamline is an excavation: it is the process of making visible that which already existed. It is a splitting, an opening up, a marking of time and of body. Split and peel an orange, a coconut or a pomegranate - the sweetest fruit is always on the inside. Seamline opens the metaphoric body to expose the most vulnerable, the strongest parts of who we are. It is a beginning.


As a queer woman living in a straight world I cannot help but be constantly reminded that the society which exists around me is a construct. As such there are certain assumptions, innocent though they may be, that I am faced with daily. One of the main foci of Seamline is an attempt to permanently "out" myself both as queer and as a vessel which, far from being "natural", is in fact made up of varied layers of culture, personae, and spirituality. However, I do not see the piece as a definitively located border. Tattooing has long been used as a marker of inclusion and, by default, exclusion. Seamline is a lifelong experiment to see the extent to which such a marker works in both directions.


Of equal importance to the mark, however, is the performative aspect of receiving and wearing it. A sense of audience is central to the piece insomuch as others are able to reflect back to me much more than I would be able to see myself. The pain of the needle injecting ink under my skin allows for a transition in which the viewer becomes more conscious of the moment's meaning than I do. In effect, the viewer acts as a translator who inscribes his or her understanding onto the moment and, by extension onto the depth of the piece as a whole. Once the tattoo is completed, the audience is then shifted to the people who notice and comment upon it in the world. Every glance, every comment, every question, becomes part of seamline causing its meaning to shift over time and context. It is a line that cannot help but extend out from its own closed circle.


Stills from May 28, 2003 the left arm at the HAG

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