Who Am I ?
1. Who am I?
Julie Mauskop. I’m an artist who makes paintings and videos and has a passion for all art forms.
2. What do you do and what project are you currently working on?
My art often incorporates soft materials and is inspired by nature, femininity, philosophy, films, and my backgrounds in dance and psychology. I’m working on a video now, which explores existential questions expressed through daily dance explorations.
3. Where are you from and where are you going?
My first few years were in Brooklyn and I grew up in the suburbs of New York. I feel really at home in other countries though and love traveling. I participated in art programs in Italy, France, and Russia. While at the Rhode Island School of Design I spent a semester as an exchange student at Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, which made me fall in love with Israel. So after graduating RISD I went back and lived in Tel Aviv for a year, which greatly influenced who I am today. I also participated in an artist residency in Argentina before returning to NY to study at NYU for my masters degree. Now I am living and working in Brooklyn but am still addicted to travel and can’t wait for my next trip, hopefully soon.
4. Who is your biggest hero?
My biggest hero has always been my grandmother. My grandmother survived Auschwitz and is from such a different and unique world. She has always been the strongest and most spiritual person in my life. But I also admire puppies and little kids because of their lack of inhibitions, and tendency to expose their vulnerability and tender emotions.
5. What book is your bible?
Erich Fromm’s The Art of Loving is a book that combines several different theories that I tend to think about a lot.
6. What are some things you love? And some things you hate?
I love watching movies, dancing, things that are soft and sweet, magical, sexy cool, smells and textures, truths, mysteries, subtleties.
Dislike things that are overbearing, bullying or disingenuous.
7. What is your raison d’être?
Creating, exploring, growth, romance, love, connections.
8. What is your favorite color?
Pink with a bit of peach in it, light pink, and cream.
9. Who is your favorite comic book superhero?
Even though she is an evil character I would say Poison Ivy is my favorite because she is depicted as so sensual, surrounded by nature, and she is her own boss.
10. What is your favorite NYC hot spot?
11. What turns you on?
Sea creatures, tea with milk.
12. What would the last question of this questionnaire be if you were the one asking?
What is your favorite Disney film or fairytale?
Growing up watching and loving Disney had a big affect on me and I think that those who also did usually have a favorite, which tells a lot about who they are and what kind of characters and symbolisms they are drawn to. Mine were The Little Mermaid and Cinderella.
Julie Mauskop is an artist based in New York City.
Questions by PMc Magazine
Photography by Charlie Rubin & Courtesy of Julie Mauskop
Design by Mina Darius
Julie Mauskop, Photography by Charlie Rubin & Courtesy of Julie Mauskop