Here’s a new-to-Fall into Fine Craft artisan whose medium is also new to us. We hope the Artisan Spotlight catches your eye and intrigues you, as we introduce Judith McKellar, a fine artisan who does pargework – the creation of relief sculptures, like those of the ancient Romans, rediscovered in the Renaissance.
What about your medium drew you to it initially and what’s kept you working at it?
Even as a child learning about art I had always been interested in sculpture. One of my early hero’s was Michelangelo. The more I studied the Renaissance, the more I came to appreciate the relief sculpture of the period. Halfway between flat and round, relief can allow one to incorporate a background as well as the main subject.
While I love the Renaissance I also have a soft spot for Medieval decorative art. I think of my art as bringing together my own personal interests and fusing them with Medieval/Classical traditions creating a unique blend. My work can be considered both a craft and an art.
Since I control all aspects of my process, I do not have to depend on others to bring my work to completion.
If you had to choose a medium, other than your current one, what would you like to try and why?
There are so many fascinating art forms, I have tried quite a few and others, such as fresco and mosaics I just haven’t had the opportunity to experience. My choice of an alternative art form would be oil painting. It is something I have a lot of practice in doing. It provides a nice change from the physicality of sculpture and satisfies a need for color and provides a complete change of pace.
What are you most looking forward to at FIFC?
I enjoy informing people about relief; a media not overly represented in shows. Usually, people are surprised when I tell them, yes, I made all these works from the drawing on up, as most people are not familiar with the processes involved.
We can’t wait to see more, Judith! We know everyone who attends Fall into Fine Craft will find beautiful and unique work – and see some things they’ve not seen before. We’ll see you there!
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