In my work, I consider relationships between the human mind, nature, and memory. Central is the idea that what is left behind, including remnants of physical matter, hold traces of memories. Through my artwork I encourage contemplation of the relationships between shapes, colors, and materials, while posing questions about what memories and experiences form identity.
In my current series, The Memory of Leaves, I explore this concept through many handmade leaf stencils representing the platonic ideal of a moment: a memory of sun-dappled leaves, the imprint of wet leaves on a sidewalk. The forms that emerge
represent the ephemeral nature of life: the actual leaves may be gone, but their impression remains, permanently enshrined in the art. Similar to how our minds build memory, I layer thin transparent surfaces, one on top of another, allowing new forms and images to emerge. My process often involves scraping and wiping away layers of paint to expose the surface underneath, revealing paintings
with their own memories. I combine these echoes of older paintings with stencils, and painterly marks to create something entirely new.
While the artwork is static, the abstraction of a figurative object is meant to suggest the changeable nature of memory. The restful yet vibrant abstract works are a chance to wander freely into a landscape of one’s own mind, offering the viewer a chance to both
remember and to let go.
Alison Judd (b. 1982, New York) is a Boston-based painter, printmaker and curator. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Painting and Art History from Brandeis University, and a Masters of Fine Arts in Painting and Printmaking from Massachusetts College of Art. In
2019, she founded Gallery Tempo, showcasing local artists through pop-up gallery shows at available retail spaces in Greater Boston. Fascinated by the human mind, Judd finds that the dual themes of memory and nature offer endless inspiration for herwork.