08 Sep Artist Spotlight Q&A with Julie Corder, Orchid Photographer
When did you start your career in art? How long have you known you wanted to be an artist?
I always enjoyed art activities in school. Then in high school, I attended the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts in Creative Writing where I had the opportunity to immerse myself in the arts for an entire summer. That really fueled my passion! I went on to graduate from New York University with honors in 1999 with a degree in Journalism and Mass Communications.
Describe your aesthetic in 3 words…
Wild, Expressive, Emotional
Describe your artistic process and preparation?
The process for me is really making sure that I stay well. I was diagnosed with bi-polar disorder when I was 23. Taking photographs of orchids is necessary for my mental health to remain happy and creative. I enjoy being behind the camera and the orchids are so unique to me that I could spend hours looking in wonder at portraits of nature. The naming of the photographs is also part of the process for me in which I try to put a piece of myself in each work.
Favorite piece you’ve created to date and why?
“Tiger Blossom” printed on aluminum is my favorite so far. It was one of the first orchid photographs I ever took and I feel like it really makes a statement about a certain time in my life with its bold colors and expressive detail.
Who inspires you personally and/or professionally?
I’d like to say the two women who have inspired me the most personally and professionally would be Julie Coffey, a good friend and Gallery Manager at Over the Mantel in Columbia, S.C. and Lauri Dewhurst-Summers, Owner of Coffey & Thompson in Charlotte. They have both been priceless sources of support, encouragement and positivity.
Biggest accomplishment to date?
My biggest accomplishment to date has been my own solo show of photography “Life in Orchids” last year at Coffey & Thompson.
Favorite location to create/what is your studio like?
My favorite location to shoot is Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden in the orchid conservatory.
A random fact about you?
I have never broken a bone.
One thing you couldn’t live without?
My husband Alan, My dog Tippy Toes, my camera gear, and my computer!
Your all-time favorite artist and/or your favorite emerging artist?
My favorite emerging artist is musician Eric Lovell of “Gigi Dover & the Big Love”. He is learning the sitar!
Name one goal for your career you’d like to achieve in the next 5 years?
I would like to shoot at least one new collection a year, so in the next five years I would like to have more collections. And of course, sell the prints that I already have! Also, I’d like to be part of ArtPop Street Gallery.