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Judith Brotman

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My mixed media wall installations are on-going conversations—each one relating to, yet differing from, the one before. Through these shingled walls, I continue to address my questions on the nature of cognition and perception. Disparate, partially obscured images and texts are woven together across and throughout the installation. Computer manipulated images are juxtaposed with drawings, paintings, mixed media constructions, writings, photos, and found images/objects-- altered and unaltered. Seemingly incompatible materials and images link and connect one to the next. They are reminders that knowledge is accumulated slowly and in a complexity of ways-through language, direct experience, sensory perception, and memory.
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A quick glance at the wall reveals only a proliferation of images; like a singular moment of perception, it is both a valid and unfinished reading. Only an investment of time will uncover reoccurring images, readable texts, and a partially decipherable narrative.
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The notion of judging a book by its cover is the starting point of my most recent individual works: mixed media altered books and texts. Initially, I rely on snap decisions and gut reactions to select the texts. The pulse quickening, love-(or annoyance)at-first-sight sensations have led me to choose Harlequin Romances with excruciatingly bad titles, discolored and fragile old pages of text, and seductively beautiful art historical images. I consider my subsequent alterations to be both commentary and collaboration. It is my intention to highlight that aspect which I first find most compelling. Part criticism, part homage, my added marks—stitched, wrapped, or collaged—alternate between subversion and celebration. The ambiguities are meant to serve as spaces; they are invitations to draw conclusions from one’s own personal narrative.
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IMAGE DESCRIPTION : 1 - Instersections, installation view. 2 and 4 - Intersections, detail. 3. - Marked, mixed media. 5. - Punk ang Gray Day, mixed media. 6. - Stress without Distress.
Judith Brotman
Chicago, IL
Illinois
North America

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