Born in the White Mountains of New Hampshire in 1980, Julia Ziegler-Haynes was raised in Maine and currently lives and works in Los Angeles. She graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2002, with a BFA in printmaking.
In 2010, photographs from Ziegler-Haynes' project Today’s Special, detailing meticulously recreated “last meals” requested by prisoners on death row, were showcased in Moran Bondaroff's (formerly OH WOW) It Ain’t Fair exhibit at Art Basel Miami. In 2012 all 24 photographs from the series were made into a 72-page, full-color book, published by OH WOW.
While preparing the edible sculptures in the Today’s Special series, she discovered the congruent relationship between food and art, and cooking as a form of self expression.
In 2010, Ziegler-Haynes launched a salon-style supper club, The Dinner Bell, where 20 paying guests dined on a 4-course, home cooked meal in her home in Brooklyn twice a month. With no formal training, and all of her menus entirely improvised and unrehearsed, the meals became a form of performance art. The club garnered press and dedicated patrons, eventually leading to a 6 episode, eponymous web series on Vice’s food channel, Munchies. Part slice-of-life, part tutorial, Ziegler-Haynes filled the roles of both creator and host.
In Destiny, Manifested, a series of large scale, color photographs depicting adaptogenic health foods cast in polyurethane resin in the form of therapeutic crystals, Ziegler-Haynes once again highlights the fluid, interdisciplinary quality of both food and art mediums that she is always drawn back to. All ten photographs as well as a sculptural installation utilizing sound and light were exhibited in October, 2017 in a pop up show in downtown Los Angeles.