The "landscape" is the metaphor. The work is in progress and it points to a task that is never finished... The poet as citizen speaks and stands alone, assuming responsibility for that vision for better or worse. Since all works of art are autobiographical in some way, my history is inevitably integrated into my work whether it is evident or not. My body, mind and history are located in the work and that is only a trigger and a vehicle allowing me to share my concerns with others. My expectation is that the work reflects my struggle to make sense of life and the world. The artist is always naked in public, with no place to hide. Archaeology interests me greatly, as well as entropy, memory and transformation. My work is part of a process of change and continuity, within a context of time that is much larger than myself. I believe that true knowledge is a result of human experience. Observation and negotiation of daily experience in relation to memory and history is important in my work. I work with a multiplicity of materials and means, but paper, and particularly newspaper, has been important in many of my pieces, due to its source, the tree. Alive or dead, present or absent, the tree is significant in connection with human evolution and development. Stones are also important in my work. I have collaborated with an archeologist doing research for an ongoing project documenting megalithic stones in Portugal, while photographing women residing in areas surrounding the sites. Drawing for me is also 3dimensional and can incorporate various materials such as cloth or wire, either still or in motion, slicing through space. Many of my projects are developed over time, resulting in various series. Writing is also central to my work either as an integral part of the work or as a parallel process.
Artist Bio / CV
Judite dos Santos was born in Porto, Portugal, raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil, lives and works in New York City. She received a BFA in painting from Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY, in 1984 and an MFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, NB, N.J. in 1986. She was a studio fellow at the Whitney Museum ISP Program in 1986 and the PS1 Program in 1987 in NYC. Judite continues her research in philosophy, critical theory and cultural studies. Parallel to her visual art projects, writing is very important and she has designed and published a number of small books and spreads, integrating her images and texts. Judite is a neo-conceptual interdisciplinary artist, has developed particular structures and means of expression while remaining unconstrained by any one tradition. She has used 3dimensional objects as well as paintings, drawings and photographic images as multiples, utilizing the grid as metaphor to create narrative structures. Architectural space, site specificity and context have been central to her pieces with space, materials, process and multiple elements integrated as concept. Judite has been awarded grants from NYFA, NJSCA, NEA-Mid Atlantic, Pollock/Krasner Foundation. and Gulbenkian Foundation. She has exhibited since 1984 in the U.S.A. and abroad, including the Whitney Museum; New Museum of Contemporary Art; Bronx Museum; PS1 Museum; Electronic Board at Times Square in NYC (Public Art Fund); Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon; Centro Portugues de Fotografia in Porto and Museu da Fotografia in Braga, Portugal.
Since 1989 Judite has taught at various universities in New York City and abroad.
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