Julie Kradel

Cedar, Michigan

Created in 2018
Material: clay



Matilda was installed in the Walk of Art in 2018.  Kradel's inspiration for the piece came from “the rabbits (hares) that keep eating my Saskatoon bushes – I can see them come down the hill outside my office window. Nature and my farm inspire me everyday.”

"I can’t remember a time in my life that didn’t involve creating art. There seemed to always be an art project in process in the middle of the dining room table. Mom and Dad would push it aside to make room for our plates at dinner time. My parents encouraged creativity, enrolling my sister and me in private art classes, outside of the ones offered at the public school we attended. I loved it.

My art evolved to explore the relationships between the animals on my Leelanau County farm and us, their human caretakers.

I love working in clay. I love being in the barn. I watch my animals, the way they interact, how I interact with them. What I observe consciously and unconsciously eventually embodies the clay one way or another.

I hope that, like me, you think my sculptures strike a beautiful balance between fantasy and realism. Between strength and vulnerability between heaven and earth."

Approximate dimensions and weight:

28” x 7” x 27”h


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