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Tactile Wall Hangings: Art by Judy Southerland

A wall installation made from narrow planks of woodVehicle

Judy Southerland draws from her Southern upbringing and love of all sort of materials to create tactile wall-hangings that are part contemporary painting, part 20th-century assemblage. Many of Judy’s works also have their basis in text, with the artist choosing to either emphasize or bury the original words.

An artwork featuring a video screen installed in a cornerAnimated Digital Narratives, Lacking Wings and Gaze, Glance, game


Judy’s recent series History Painting for a Small Town is built upon a phrase taken from one of the artist’s early artist statements. According to her notes on the series, Judy starts off each work by stenciling the phrase, which leads her into a space of rather contemplative, process-based art making. I like the idea of starting at the same place with each work but arriving somewhere completely different.

A screen capture of Judy Southerland's art


The works themselves have a strong sense of materiality – they seem to celebrate their own existence as physical objects. Judy cites Philip Guston as an inspiration, which helps in understanding the artist’s mode of working through feel rather than necessarily sight.

An installtion view of several small framed drawingsInstallation view: Drawing to Mind

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. She is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she studied Critical and Cultural Practices. She is passionate about talking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In her studio practice she is a painter, but she considers herself an art writer and educator foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises

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