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Judith Kornett

Judith Kornett

Artist Information

County
Prince George's County
Artistic Category

Visual Arts

Artist Statement

My work is a hybrid of expressionistic and naturalistic figurative sculpture, expressing intense emotion in the form of readily recognizable imagery. They are often dark in nature, still retaining a certain sense of whimsy through such devices as embellishment and subject matter. I focus not only on the natural forms and details of the apparent subject, but also on their relationship to the emotions and experiences of both artist and viewer, always attempting to evoke responses that are personal in nature. These sculptures are not meant to comfort, but instead to confront and challenge, while retaining the elements of humor and the fantastic. The viewer will hopefully hypothesize about their meaning, deal with their effect and develop a willingness to see them as something other than simple aesthetic objects. Fired using either raku or wood and salt firing techniques, complex textures are an integral element of the work, and may range from the seductive pearlescent metallic and crackle of raku, to the moody deep patinas that develop during the wood/ salt firing process. Often embellished with wire, fiber, beads, feathers and animal hair, the end result is a work of art designed to entice without being “pretty”. My work is a hybrid of expressionistic and naturalistic figurative sculpture, expressing intense emotion in the form of readily recognizable imagery. They are often dark in nature, still retaining a certain sense of whimsy through such devices as embellishment and subject matter. I focus not only on the natural forms and details of the apparent subject, but also on their relationship to the emotions and experiences of both artist and viewer, always attempting to evoke responses that are personal in nature. These sculptures are not meant to comfort, but instead to confront and challenge, while retaining the elements of humor and the fantastic. The viewer will hopefully hypothesize about their meaning, deal with their effect and develop a willingness to see them as something other than simple aesthetic objects. Fired using either raku or wood and salt firing techniques, complex textures are an integral element of the work, and may range from the seductive pearlescent metallic and crackle of raku, to the moody deep patinas that develop during the wood/ salt firing process. Often embellished with wire, fiber, beads, feathers and animal hair, the end result is a work of art designed to entice without being “pretty”.