My assemblage work is influenced and inspired by playing with a wide variety of materials and visual iconography. It is based on interpreting the influences of popular culture on social and cultural archetypes. I incorporate anything from drawn imagery to old toys, game pieces, paper dolls and other pop culture ephemera. My work often relies on humor to illustrate my ideas, as humor can celebrate a moment in time or invoke a deeper look at belief systems. Sometimes an image alone will suggest a narrative, while other times it is only through manipulating and playing with a variety of disparate imagery and materials together – the colors, patterns and textures available – that the inception of an idea becomes fully formed and a formal composition becomes apparent to me.
Juliette M. Montague is a practicing artist as well as a teaching artist for both youth and adults in the disciplines of drawing, painting, printmaking, encaustic and mixed media. She received her BFA in Fine Arts from the Columbus College of Art and Design, did graduate work at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has an MA Ed from the Ohio State University. Her work has been shown both regionally and nationally in adjudicated and invitational exhibitions.