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Judith Page

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My art emerges from a Gothic sensibility, a place where horror and beauty exist in close proximity, where innocence encounters depravity, where the spirit is consumed and revived from moment to moment.
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FINALISTS


Televised competitions such as American Idol remind us that the path to victory is littered with fragments of hope, wisps of dreams and hunks of tenacity. The American Idol of my childhood was the search for the nine original Mouseketeers—still vivid in my memory. But what of the competitors not selected, who are forever finalists reproduced in grainy photographs in tattered yearbooks or who twirl and bow in fading films and shaky videos. These hopeful, tenacious, exuberant finalists are my subjects. Each is sketched as if in front of a backdrop—a frantically written outpouring of longing and anxiety—then fleshed out in graphite, tar gel and acrylic. The smiling faces of the Finalists gaze at the viewer seductively, shiny with desire—belying the tumult beneath—as if desire was an end in itself (but knowing full well that it is not). The end, of course, is "victory," and a victory denied is the beginning of a new quest—a perpetual and all too human addiction that is memorialized and embodied in these portraits.
IMAGE DESCRIPTION: 1., 2., 4., and 5. FINALISTS, acrylic, gesso, tar gel, graphite on Arches, variable dimensions, 2005-2007; 3. JULY 4 (Beady Eyed Wonder), mixed media, 5.5 x 2 x 2 in., 2005, from 365 DUMB Days

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365 DUMB DAYS is a diary of objects (see JULY 4 at left) assembled from a life’s accumulation of miscellany. Treasures and trash fearlessly intermingle in a testament to the comedy and tragedy of life—days of bumbling and recovering, submitting and transcending, hoping for the best and sometimes getting it.
Judith Page
274 Manhattan Ave., Apt. 2R
Brooklyn
NY 11211
New York, NY
New York
North America

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