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“Amy Judd’s paintings are a collection of sensitive silent moments; some full of whimsical intrigue, others more surreal and seductive. These paintings draw inspiration from the enchanting and imaginative relationship between women and nature found in traditional mythologies and folklores.
The composition, light and positioning of the subject, creates curious images, which conjure up new “mythological” narratives or creatures within the paintings. A recurring theme is the use of Feathers as armour, and birds as familiars. The more surreal nude compositions are bold and strong, the feathers allude to strength, flight and bravery, rather than fragility.
However the paintings depicting women with birds (owls) have a calmer atmosphere, the use of negative space in the image lets the viewer breathe, the clothes worn by the figures and the muted colour palette create a nostalgic dream like feel to the paintings. In a new twist Amy Judd has swapped the female figures for seamstress mannequins, and the owls like something out of Snow White become the dress makers.”
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