Creating artwork that invites the viewer to think, to discover and to enjoy, Judy Anderson transforms the most mundane of materials into sculpture.
Most often working with small, cast-off or discarded mechanical, electrical and metal parts, she repurposes or up-cycles these objects into an entirely unique form enticing the viewer to see a whole new composition. Anderson is an assemblage artist from Star Prairie, WI – her artwork will be on display in the Back Gallery from July 10 through August 8.
Assemblage encompasses all works that are assembled from found objects or material from everyday life. It is the is an artistic process in which a three-dimensional artistic composition is made from the juxtaposition of found objects.
Anderson’s work has evolved from naturalistic two-dimensional character portraiture to nonobjective collage and assemblage.
“While abandoning direct figurative work I continue to explore the human condition using ordinary and special objects that we take for granted or venerate, then discard.”
A desire for more dimension in her work caused Anderson to begin adding small, metal or plastic parts to build up her multi-layered surfaces, often times making the piece appear functioning mechanically within the piece.
“The viewer is an integral part of my artwork. I want them to go beyond seeing the many recycled objects that make up each piece and build a personal story for themselves. I want the viewer to explore a mystery, to nudge them on to an adventure.”
Judy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Broad Area Art Education from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls. She can not remember a time when she wasn’t drawing or using her father’s tools to build or disassemble something. As an emerging assemblage artist she is strongly influenced by well-known assemblage artists Michael DeMeng, Linda and Opie O’Brien and Nicole McConville.
Her work has been exhibited in galleries and shows throughout Wisconsin and Minnesota and she isn’t finished learning or exploring potentials, “I am excited about future experimentation and will continue to explore multi-media and ask myself… what if?”
The Flying Pig Gallery and Greenspace is open 9 am to 6 pm daily and is located at N6975 State Highway 42, Algoma, WI 54201. For more information call 920.487.9902 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.