Mary Judge is an artist known for her complex and reductive works on paper and sculpture in cast concrete and painting in tempera acrylic. She was raised in rural New Jersey and attended Moore College of Art in Philadelphia, (BFA), Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Maine and Tyler School of Art (MFA) graduating from the Rome campus.
Her artistic development has been deeply affected by this formative experience and her frequent travels to Italy, to a summer home, where she built a deep relationship with contemporary Italian art and local artisans of the Umbria region. She worked for several years with the Grazia factory in Deruta, painting for the design market while maintaining her fine art studio practice, until the atmosphere of the factory infiltrated her art and lead to a break with traditional painting and to what she considers her mature work. Her first pivotal show in NY was in the “Selections ‘97” show at The Drawing Center where she first presented her unique “spolvero” drawings, based on a technique used to transfer drawings to another surface such as in fresco painting or in the decoration of traditional Italian ceramics.
Her work is process driven and could be considered “post minimal”. While the work is formally organized, the works are sensual, and suggest hidden geometries and have employed casual effects that result from the indirect processes she utilizes.