Judy Abbott: A Journey of Spirit and Place

Filed in Past Exhibitions, Past Solo Exhibitions, Solo Exhibitions by on November 26, 2016

Smoke Signals on the Rez, 2015, oil on board, 8.5” x 11”

November 26 – December 31, 2016
Opening Reception: November 26, 4-6 PM

Since childhood I have been captivated by the natural world. Nature was my teacher and, as a young an artist, my subject. I became aware that nature had a spirit of life which spoke to me. In 1969, while attending Philadelphia College of Art, I noticed a sapling pushing it’s way up through the pavement and I realized that nature’s spirit could not be contained, even when paved over. I dedicated my life’s work to the pursuit of this “spirit”.

Throughout human history art has made reference to mankind’s relationship to the natural world. From the drawings of early man to such modern day movements as the Hudson River School, the numinous has been portrayed in the landscape, but often the acts of humans visually dramatize our disregard for this aspect of nature. In 1848 Thomas Cole wrote about “the heedless destruction of nature by man” in response to the destruction of an ancient cedar grove and Indian burial ground in upstate New York to make way for the impending railroad. I include this haunting idea in my work, such as the Smoke Signals series.

It is my hope that this body of work speaks to the timeless spirit of nature and mankind’s intimate place within it.

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