Judy Barrass is an artist and sculptor from Queensland, Australia. Her work includes but is not restricted to some stunning examples of artists books.http://www.judybarrass.com/index.html
Judy Barrass is an active member of the ‘PaperMakers of Queensland’.http://www.papermakersqld.org.au/index.html
“This land is your land, this land is my land” is held in the Australian Library of Art, State Library of Queensland.
“She also works as a new media artist under the name ‘Juanita Deharo’, but these identities now often collide as new technologies enter her traditional practice and tradition enters her new media works.”http://judybarrass.wordpress.com/about/
“Obras Escogidas (Selected Works) is a ship constructed with some of the schoolbooks that I used, books that could have been used by any Cuban of my generation or the generation before mine. And what Obras Escogidas tries to make visible is the idea of social structure which always remains hidden. It is like putting skin on something that doesn’t have skin. Many people look at this work and only see books on Marxism and say the piece is about politics. But there are also natural science books, math and geography books. It is a work that talks about universal literature and the mix of ideas in formation.”
“The aim is to make people aware of, or to reframe, connections between places, times and events, and to create opportunities for people to embed new associations and perceptions in their memories of a particular environment.”http://www.artistsbooks.org/index.htm
“The book form allows me to explore many themes, ranging from the personal and social to the ecological, from dream and myth to journeys through the landscape. I love combining the magic of words with the immediacy and tangibility of pictures, in the unfolding series of pages, which is the nature of books.”http://www.artistsbooksonline.com/catriona_stamp.shtm
“The majority of my work reflects my bi-cultural upbringing in a Chinese American family. This is evident in the text and structure of my first artist book Banana Yellow and my third artist book, Fortune Ate Me. In there books, my anecdotal text becomes incorporated into structures that emphasize a stereotype of my ethnicity – Chinese take-out boxes and fortune cookies. …..Much of my work is created by limiting myself to whatever materials are available. My interest in printed matter and origami began at a young age and continues to grow as I explore various book structures. Recently, I have returned to a childhood favorite toy, Legos, to create accordion books. My first Lego books were created Thanksgiving weekend 2000. Ironically, the first accordion Lego book that I produced My First Book of Vowels, is a study of text. So whether I handset type, or create it with Lego – type – in one form or another, will always be some part of my image.”http://www.woodlandpattern.org/gallery/exhibits_april04.shtml
“Spirit Vessels are a series of books that are shaped like gourds and woven from paper strips of text that document the use of the gourd and its symbolism in the African, Asian, and South American cultures.”http://unitproj.library.ucla.edu/special/socalledbooks/ng.htm
“Using the five senses, perceiving the natural qualities of the materials, I found that I am concerned less about the end, and more about “doing”. The process of creating is equally as important as the finished work.”http://www.norikoambe.com/texts/artiststatement.html
“A human head collides with a tree at 140km/hr. Memories are erased by the impact.
I used printmaking to represent my experience of the Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) I suffered in a high-speed motorcycle accident. “
Visual Artists Network
In Your Dreams Exhibition