Judith Tucker: Vestige
An Exhibition of Drawings and Paintings
I have a particular interest in the unresolved remainders of human activity in landscape. I search out traces of past lives that might not be immediately obvious. To this end I draw and paint man-made structures in relation to landscape. In my drawings and paintings the chosen motif is not subordinate to the landscape, the two are in conversation. This exhibition will explore ‘haunting’ of different kinds of landscapes: from European resorts to that of the contemporary Pennine landscape and the anxiety of influence in the landscape of painting, in particular, post-war British painting. I consider the implications of these traces for my series of drawings and paintings. It explores what ‘ghosts’ emerge when the two landscapes: ‘real’ and painted representations intersect. Through paint I explore what unresolved remainders might be discovered in this variety of landscapes. All paintings appear different according to the light but because I use metallic and pearlescent pigments mine appear very different, and so diverse aspects of the image become visible at different times according to the light and the position of the viewer, echoing the structures of memory.
Judith Tucker is an artist and academic whose practice explores the meeting of social history, personal memory and landscape; it investigates their relationship through drawing, painting and scholarly writing. The focus of her work is to investigate how painting and ‘landscape’ might interrelate, and how one can be the interface for the other. She has lived in the Holme Valley since 1997 where she has her home and studio in a converted farmhouse and barn..
In addition to being an artist she spends part of her time at the University of Leeds where she is Senior Lecturer in the School of Design. She is co-convener of two linked research networks: Mapping Spectral Traces which is a trans-disciplinary, international group of scholars, practitioners, community leaders and artists who work with and in traumatized communities, contested lands and diverse environments and Land2 a national network of artist / lecturers and research students with an interest in landscape / place-oriented art practice.
Judith Tucker has exhibited widely both in the UK and abroad. Recent exhibition venues are very wide ranging and include Brno, Czech Republic, Abbey Walk Gallery and Surface Gallery Nottingham, F Block Gallery, UWE, Bristol, Armory Gallery, Blacksburg, Virginia, USA, Myles Meehan Arts Centre Darlington, Gainsborough’s House, New Hall Art Collection, University of Cambridge, Suffolk, Stanley and Audrey Burton Gallery, Leeds, Lounge Gallery, London, Mercer Gallery, Harrogate, Gallery Oldham, 20-21 Visual Arts Centre, North Lincolnshire, An Tobar Tobnermory, Mull, and Only Atelier, Vienna.
Judith Tucker also writes academic essays which can be found in academic journals and in books published by Rodopi, Macmillan , Intellect and Gunter Narrverlag, Tübingen