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Judi Bradford

Founders Exhibition – October – Judi Bradford – Long Ago on a Forgotten Shelf

October 16, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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An event every day that begins at 10:00 am, repeating until October 25, 2020

BIO

Judi Bradford has a degree in art and did graduate work in experimental photography.  She was a menu and resort illustrator and published a Key West comic strip for many years.  She taught painting and drawing to adults and children in Key West’s museums. Currently lives in DeLand and creates two- and three-dimensional pieces in many media: watercolor, acrylic, fiber, ink, pencil, transfers and more.

Bradford grew up in Florida, sightseeing on the rivers on the west coast with her grandfather in his modest outboard boats.  As an adult, she spent over 40 years in Key West where she coordinated the Fantasy Fest parade for 19 years and enjoyed the sandbars and shallow waters of the keys.

Unlike some artists who find one medium and spent their whole career with it, Bradford has worked in many media.  She had a busy soft sculpture studio in the 1980s, wholesaling and sending custom pieces to 5 continents. Works on paper and canvas were her major concentration, but in the early 2000s she took up millinery and made and sold hats for five years. Throughout, she wrote an arts column for Key West and South Florida publications.

Now, all those techniques and materials come together in more works on paper and a series of artist books.

Her work has won awards and been represented in many shows east of the Mississippi, and is included in numerous private collections. She moved to DeLand four years ago from Key West and is currently on the DeLand Fall Festival of the Arts board.

Founders Gallery Hub on Canal  October 2020 show

JUDI BRADFORD

SHORT BIO

Judi Bradford has a degree in art and did graduate work in experimental photography.  She was a menu and resort illustrator and published a Key West comic strip for many years.  Currently she creates two- and three-dimensional pieces in many media: watercolor, acrylic, fiber, ink, pencil, transfers and more.

Her work has won awards and been represented in many shows east of the Mississippi, and is included in numerous private collections. She moved to DeLand four years ago from Key West and is currently on the DeLand Fall Festival of the Arts board.

ARTIST STATEMENT

The series I am working on now began as an autobiographical journey through my Florida childhood, family, friends, career(s), with reflections on the passage of time and the misty forms of memories. As events took over the year 2020, current work also includes references to COVID-19 lockdowns, precautions, isolation. in addition, during ancestry research last year, I discovered relatives I had not known of and unexpected histories.  That inspired a lot of pondering on the nature of a person’s life, which became images — a sort of self portrait of personal icons in analog form — appropriate since I was born ante-video and ante-gif.

I am working in mixed media on layered art papers and in handmade artist books. These pieces combine illustrations, paper manipulations and even some hat-making techniques from my millinery sideline. The artist books are one-of-a-kinds or small limited editions, generally built on Arches watercolor paper, other handmade and art papers, silk and other materials.  The illustrations are primarily done in water soluble inks, along with other two-dimensional media and some image transfer processes.

See my Instagram feed @KWJUDi for videos of the artist books.

in this collection of works.  As I dabbled in ancestry research last year, I discovered relatives I had not known of and unexpected histories.  That inspired a lot of pondering on the nature of a person’s life, which became images — a sort of self portrait of personal icons in analog form — appropriate since I was born ante-video and ante-gif.

Sometimes the blot from a dripping watercolor brush can lead you into forms that recall events and people you thought were gone from memory. This exhibition follows some of those misty figures as well as contemporary observations of life and people.  Two-dimensional works on paper and in collage capture introspective free form.  Some pieces experiment with narrative content, others with materials and effects.  Three dimensional artist books explore the book concept in paper and fiber.

Details

Date:
October 16
Time:
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Venue

The Hub on Canal
132 Canal St
New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168 United States
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Phone:
(386) 957-3924