Judith M. Sander has been working in mixed media collage for many years. She relishes the challenge of bringing together different materials and mediums to create a dramatic interplay between object and symbol. She combines old photographs, digital images, printed papers, stamps, words, bones, lace, oil pastels, acrylic paints and pencil.
She was born and grew up in San Diego, California. Working within the art and drama departments she earned her BA degree from San Diego State University. She created costumes and stage sets for theatre productions while raising a family and moved to Oregon with her husband and young daughter in 1981. Her studio, situated in a quaint cottage at the end of a country road, is filled with bins of objects, fabrics, papers and ephemera that eventually become part of her mixed media collages.
Her work uses pattern, color and texture in an intricate symbolism that tells a story visually. The hidden narrative lends the opportunity for the audience to come up with their own version. The work often depicts interiors and intimate spaces, women and companion animals.
She explains that, “Along with the narrative, women and animals are the most common subjects in my work. The female figures are symbolized whimsically in interesting and fantastical scenes as protectors, nurturers and instinctual beings accompanied by birds, cats and dogs. The animals act as companions symbolizing spiritual vitality and guidance creatures.”
Judith will be showing with us for our Birthday Exhibition opening on the 29th March, We will be posting her work for sale online shortly before the show. For now... here are a few images of work we are expecting.