Judy O’Sullivan Exhibits
The Artist, Judy O’Sullivan
of Crawford College of Art,
Judy works in mixed media, acrylic and watercolour. The work is small to medium scale – often dictated by the space in which she is working, or a wish to create a sense of intimacy such as we see in the small watercolours. Colour, or its absence, is of great importance and she will often begin a series of work as a meditation on a colour, allowing it to lead the way.
The images in the paintings all emerge during a process of drawing, painting, covering, uncovering, discovering. Entrances in the form of holes, gaps, grykes, and doorways recur, connecting elements of light and darkness, known and unknown. Forms such as pods explore the growth cycle; the pod or seed head holds the possibility of new beginnings.
Her recent work is all in some way connected to the body and is rooted in a sense of the sacred and includes references to sacred places, sacred imagery and elements of ritual involving fire and water.
Saffron wall 11 (series) 2002, mixed media /canvas, 21x28cm (50x55cm framed)
Winter celebration 2001 acrylic/paper 40 x
Abundance 2001, watercolour 25 x 25cm