In Paved Paradise, Julie Libersat explores symmetry and patterns within the landscape of late capitalism. Using the shopping mall and the parking lot as formal and conceptual frameworks, the interactive video installation explores a suburban vernacular that presents consumption as a modern form of worship. Paved Paradise is part of an ongoing series of parking lot mazes executed through various virtual and physical mediums. Libersat explores everyday landscapes and infrastructure to reflect on our cultural, social, and economic orientations. Paved Paradise presents the shopping mall as a temple of the golden age of capitalism and the parking lot as a meditation.
Julie Libersat is an intermedia artist and art educator based in Denton, TX. Born in Kerala, India and raised in Philadelphia PA, Libersat received her BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2003. She earned an MFA in New Media in 2016 as well as a Masters in Art Education in 2017, both from the University of North Texas. Libersat has exhibited in the US and abroad including shows at Dallas Contemporary, The Center for Art and Culture in France, Currents International New Media Festival, Paseo Taos and Museo de la Cuidad de Mexico. She has received a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Grant, the 2014 CADD FUNd grant, and the Velma and Davis Dozier Travel Grant from the Dallas Museum of Art. Libersat is currently Assistant Professor of Art Design and Technology at Texas Woman’s University in Denton, TX.