Simplicity is fundamental to my artmaking and my life. Growing up, my family was quite traditional, focusing on basic values with a do-it-yourself mentality. My dad chopped wood to build fires for heat daily; my mom cooked all of our meals from scratch and sewed my clothing by hand– routines taught me patience and allowed me to appreciate the tactile qualities I later used in my work.

Altruistic and DIY outlooks continued to permeate my adult life, both in art and in cookery.  After years of avid vegetarianism, recurrent health issues thrust me back into a carnivorous lifestyle.  Not wanting to enter into this decision lightly, I took a departure from visual arts and claimed 2009 as the year of meat.  I was introduced to local butchers, food writers, and restaurateurs; I ate 30 burgers in 30 days, made countless sausages, and wrapped everything I could in bacon.  The climax of the year was a butchery class that put me knife-to-face with a suckling pig and a lamb on a hook.

This series of work begins to reconcile my artistic process with my food journey in playful, childish imagery.  Embroidering on found prints, cutesy appropriated illustrations are coupled with honest and sometimes crass additions of rich, satiating foods.  The crafty stitchery may be silly or absurd, but an undercurrent of darkness questions our society’s paradigms regarding body image, gender roles, and consumerism.





Cubicle butchery (Julia Dittberner) is a Detroit native currently living in downtown Los Angeles.  She works at a fashion library, makes things, travels, and aspires to feed the world.




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