Julia Goodman creates low and high relief handmade paper sculptures. Goodman’s work holds strong throughlines with the history of rag paper as she gathers, sorts, tears, soaks, and pulps fabrics. She transforms discarded bedsheets and t-shirts into malleable pulp to press against brick walls, concrete, textiles, woodcarvings, flat surfaces, and even her own hands. By working with fabrics that exist in close proximity to our bodies -- objects that hold personal histories both mundane and profound -- she highlights layers of relationships and caretaking, the love and loss that shapes our lives. Goodman earned an MFA from California College of the Arts (2009) and a BA in International Relations and Peace & Justice Studies from Tufts University (2001). She studied art at Santa Monica College (2002-2006). Recent exhibitions include: National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington D.C.; Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco, CA; San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA; DePaul Art Museum, Chicago, IL; Poetry Foundation, Chicago, IL; Salina Art Center, Salina, KS; Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, IN; California College of the Arts Hubbell Street Gallery, San Francisco, CA; and the Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CA. Her residencies include JB Blunk Residency, Inverness, CA; Recology SF, San Francisco, CA; Creativity Explored, San Francisco, CA; and Salina Art Center, Salina, KS. Goodman lives and works in Berkeley with artist Michael Hall and their young child. She is represented by Euqinom Gallery in San Francisco, CA, where she will have a solo show in November 2021.


Certain is nothing now. (detail)