I paint figurative works that investigate memories and familial relationships, specifically between mother and child. I am interested in the maternal figure as purveyor of personal mythologies and how these inherited stories perpetuate patterns of thought and behaviors in ones children.
My paintings often feature adolescent figures, intended to appear dominant, emotionally enigmatic and invulnerable. I use space to suggest a reverse psychological experience by elevating the children to look down upon or directly at the viewer. I am interested in the confines of self-imposed physical and psychological spaces that are often fortified by unfounded fears and uncertainties. I draw upon my life experience and personal history as subject matter for my work. As a child, in a dark and noise-filled house, my search for quiet was a necessary and constant pursuit. Through the process of creating and making images, I discovered silence, solace and the art of telling stories.
Jude Harzer is an award winning nationally renowned artist who lives and works in Ocean County, New Jersey. Her figurative paintings are inspired by childhood, memories and the power of thought to define lives and overcome circumstances. Using oil paint as her preferred medium, she creates psychologically provocative visual narratives featuring adolescents as observers and guardians of inter generational mythologies.
Born in 1963, Jude is the third of six children, raised by a single visually impaired mother. Earning a full academic scholarship, the artist received her Bachelors degree in 1987 from Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, MA. In 2001, Jude earned a K-12 Visual Arts teaching certification. She is currently completing her Masters of Fine Art in Painting at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, GA. Jude has participated in both solo and group exhibitions in venues that
include the Misciagna Family Center, Penn State, Pa, George Segal Gallery, NJ, Pen and Brush, Salamagundi Art Center, ACA Gallery and Prince Street Gallery NYC. Jude’s paintings belong to both national and international private collections. A recipient of both the Dana and Geraldine R. Dodge fellowships, Jude continues to paint, pursue her studies and prepare for upcoming exhibitions. She currently lives and works in Ocean New Jersey with her two children Christina, age 23 and Robert, age 21.
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