16 x 16 inches
Mary Judge is an artist known for her complex and reductive works on paper and sculpture in cast concrete and painting in tempera acrylic. She was raised in rural New Jersey and attended Moore College of Art in Philadelphia, (BFA), Skowhegan School of Painting and Scultpure, Maine and Tyler School of Art (MFA) graduating from the Rome campus.
Her artistic development has been deeply effected by this formative experience and her frequent travels to Italy, to a summer home, where she built a deep relationship with contemporary Italian art and local artisans of the Umbria region. She worked for several years with the Grazia factory in Deruta, painting for the design market while maintaining her fine art studio practice, until the atmosphere of the factory infiltrated her art and lead to a break with traditional painting and to what she considers her mature work. Her first pivotal show in NY was in the “Selections ‘97” show at The Drawing Center where she first presented her unique “spolvero” drawings, based on a technique derived used to transfers detailed drawings to the surface of traditional Italian ceramics.
Her work is process driven and could be considered “post minimal”. While the work is formally organized, the works are sensual, and suggest hidden geometries and have employed casual effects that result from the indirect processes she utilizes.
Her works are included in the collections of The National Gallery, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Fogg Art Museum, The British Museum and The Victoria and Albert Museum and the Cassino Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Italy.
She currently divides her time between Bushwick, Brooklyn, where she is Owner/Director of Schema Projects, a gallery dedicated to art on paper and St Louis MO, where she maintains her studio and lives with her husband, architect Gyo Obata.
Her relationship with Italy continues and she maintains a vacation home in the city of
Nardó, a small baroque town on the Ionic sea of the Puglia region.