Judith Kindler is an American multidisciplinary artist working in sculpture, installation, photography, and photography-based mixed media wall works. She is noted for her use of diverse and complex medias in the expression of a conceptual or narrative idea.
Born in Western New York, she grew up artistically under the influence of the New York Avant Garde. The frequent moves through the course of her adult life due to her work in the Applied Arts required her to have extended stays or to live in New York, New Orleans, Los Angeles, San Francisco, India and Italy. These places have had a tremendous impact in informing and influencing her art and can be seen woven throughout her work over time. Although she studied classical painting, sculpture and photography, she has always been drawn to experiment with new media and thus came to develop her own unique combinations of medias by the time she focused solely on her art in the 1990's.
Her work reveals both conscious and unconscious thoughts typically in response to current or past events that have impacted her life on a personal level, or as she interprets the greater impact to the overall social community. Through an implied narrative, the artist explores the psychological and the human threads common to us all and reflected through the focused lens of a place, a time or a human experience or expression.
Kindler’s work in encaustic was described by Stefano Catalani, Artistic Director and Curator of the Bellevue Arts Museum in the exhibition book entitled “Defining Truth / Judith Kindler”: “The composition of the photographs is minimal, reduced to standing girls and young women in white delicate clothing, often against an indefinite and blurred background. The spatial perception here is blind, almost dimensionless, except for the human figure. The white atmosphere is rarefied, suspended, though charged at times with symptoms of tension: A sudden gesture of embrace, eye contact with the viewer, lifted hands, or eyes cast down . . . Judith Kindler builds up the narrative and iconographic space . . . a repertoire of symbols and seminal ideas projected out for readers able to decipher.”
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