I didn’t do art at school, I thought it was for gifted people who could draw like angels. I wasn’t one of those and was a little scared of it. I introduced more creativity into my life while living in London. However, when I moved to Wiltshire I took a clear change of direction into art.
I grew up in Colchester in the 80s, then moved to London and worked in homeless hostels and domestic violence projects. During this time, I took an MA in Gender, Society and Culture, ﬁlm-making, photography and ceramic courses and I gradually wove more art into my work, as it became more important to me. Working with people to enable positive change has signiﬁ cant purpose for me, and my own journey with art has been part of my personal transformation. In the mid-2000s, I went travelling and on returning, I moved to Wiltshire. I was searching for a new career path and unexpectedly chose art. I took a foundation course and then a BA in Fine Art at Winchester. Studying art was an amazing experience and more challenging than I expected. I was fortunate to take a semester in Seville where I had an incredible opportunity to learn sculptural technique within a traditional art school. While ﬁ nishing college, I started my own venture, NewRED studios in Salisbury. NewRED
is a collective that provides a platform for artists to develop and show their own work. We also organise creative community participative events, and we’re planning an exhibition this year with Grovely Woods as our inﬂuence.
“My artwork often explores the boundary of what is authentic artifact and absurd utensil, what is votive and what is redundant. Everything and anything can hold possibility and potential for inspiration”
I don’t make a living from my own artwork, currently I freelance for two sculpture studios and teach yoga. I’m also the Chair of Plain Arts Salisbury; a networking and self-supporting art organisation. Plain Arts creates new opportunities for local artists and works to raise the visual arts proﬁle of Salisbury. My artwork often explores the boundary of what is authentic artifact and absurd utensil, what is votive and what is redundant. Everything and anything can hold possibility and potential for inspiration. I am curious about fragments and scraps of human activity. I love the artistic licence to culturally plunder and re-imagine. Currently, I am working with clay and ﬂ int, easily-overlooked everyday materials that have transformed our human history. My website is judithrodgers.tumblr.com and you can ﬁnd out details of NewRED studios at newredstudios. tumblr.com
Images of some of Judith’s work