Julie Combal earned her undergraduate from Skidmore College in Studio Art and a Masters in Art Therapy from the School of Visual Arts. Both these experiences inform her body of work through their social and aesthetic structures, focusing on the relationship between man and nature. Recently she completed a project with the Arquetopia Foundation in Oaxaca, Mexico, investigating pollution in the Atoyac River and it’s effect on the surrounding communities. She creates work that speaks directly to the issue of pollution in our environment. Her practice begins by working in a polluted site and placing surfaces(canvas, paper, fabric)into a polluted body of water. The surfaces absorb the pollution and the currents of the water create lines and shapes upon the absorbed substances; adding an aesthetic element to the work. She then returns the pollution drawings to her studio to develop abstract paintings based on the forms created by the water and pollution. Ms. Combal has participated in Artist Residencies with the Arquetopia Foundation, Manhattan Graphics Center, and Vermont Studio Center.