Judith Blades " Oma Valley Woman:
Clay, glaze, ink 360 x 120
My works are inspired by beauty, nature and the different cultures with whom I have lived.The paintings and sculptures contain shapes, objects and relationships that represent the spirit as it appears in nature, various religions and spiritual paths.
I grew up in the Victorian bush and Tasmanian countryside. Currently (I hope for the rest of my life) I live on 5 acres of forest in the Hokianga. As a result my work shows an extensive relationship with plants and animals and how I see people imbued with their characteristics. My art sensibilities have also been shaped by a decades long relationship with India (including living there for 3 years). I have also experienced the cultures of many other countries and have a strong attachment to the traditional forms of tribal communities. Hence the layer on layers of colour and patterning in both my abstract paintings and clay works.