Judith Wright, Cat Series
Judith Wright lives and works in Brisbane. She came to her work as an installation artist with a background in dance having performed with the Australian Ballet. Recipient of a fellowship from Arts Queensland in 1993 and awarded a professional development grant from the Queensland Government in 1998, Judith has taught at the Queensland University of Technology and the College of Art, Griffith University.
She was appointed to the board of the Queensland Art Gallery from 1999-2002,and received a Master of Fine Arts from Queensland University of Technology in 2002. Judith participated in the India/Australia collaborative exchange project Fire and Life in Calcutta in 1996; the Fire and Life residency at the Institute of Modern Art Brisbane; and Celebrate Australia in Tokyo in 1993. She collaborated with composer Lisa Lim on Sonorous Bodies for Elision contemporary music at the Third Asia Pacific Triennial, and the Hebbel Theatre Berlin. Judith was also commissioned by Elision to produce a video work for Inferno with composer John Rodgers in 2002. In 2005, Wright completed a residency at the Australia Council’s Greene St. studio in New York. In 2009 she was awarded a Fellowship from the Visual Arts Board of the Australia Council for the Arts.
Most recently, Wright’s major installation ‘A Wake’ was exhibited in GOMA’s exhibition ‘Contemporary Australia: Women’ in 2012, and ‘A Journey’ in the 18th Biennale of Sydney: All Our Relations, Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney, 2012, and ‘In the Garden of Good and Evil’ at QAG in 2018.
Judith’s work is represented in several university collections and public collections including the National Gallery of Australia, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Queensland Art Gallery, National Gallery of Victoria, Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney, Kawaguchi Museum of Contemporary Art, Saitama, GOMA Brisbane, and the Auckland Art Gallery.
The Work of Art
Cat Series is a gouache painting created in 1981. It depicts a cat at rest with paws tucked in on a blue rectangle. This in itself is an image which is shown hanging from the top of the picture. Behind the image is a beige background with handwriting . Wright has created a number of works in a similar style where images and shapes overlay each other bringing about interesting contrasting shapes and juxtaposing ideas. Since then, Judith has explored similar ideas through video art installations.