Artists’ Fellowship, 2003: Crafts
Judith Hoyt: Artist Statement
The figures in my work hold the pain, pleasure, and spirit of the human condition. Each piece evolves through trial and error, the shapes and colors of the materials often guiding the development. I find metal that is in the process of being reclaimed by the earth along roads and in dumps. The metal is discolored, corroded, and misshapen by the random processes of history. This history gets passed on to the figures. My pieces feel primitive but have a relevance to the present.
More about the Artist:
Judith Hoyt was born in the Catskill Mountains of New York State in 1958. At age 15 her growing interest in the visual arts brought her to the Art Awareness program in the nearby town of Lexington, NY. It was a unique program that introduced Judy to art experiences that were uncommon in such a rural region. This influenced her decision to attend art school. She received her BFA in printmaking from State University of New York at New Paltz in 1980.
After college Judy received a grant to produce an artists’ book from Women’s Studio Workshop in Rosendale, NY. Her experience also includes residencies at Art Park in Lewiston, NY; MacDowell Colony in Petersburg, NH; and Jentel Foundation, in Banner, WY. She has been using primarily found materials to make mixed media collage and sculpture for the past 20 years. In that time, Judy has also raised two sons who are now 18 and 20 years old.
Judy’s work has been in many solo and group exhibitions, including one group show, Recycle Reuse Recreate, that traveled to several countries in Africa in 1994. Her work also appears in two books, The Fine Art of the Tin Can by Bobby Hansson and Found Object Art by Dorothy Spencer, and in many exhibition catalogs. Many of Judy’s exhibitions have focused on her use of recycled content, including Recreation/Recreation: Noyes Museum in Oceanville, NJ; Relic Makers: Snyderman Works Gallery in Philidelphia, PA; and Found Objects Show: Images Friedman Gallery, Louisville, KY. Prominent museums including the Wustum Museum in Racine, WI (now called the Racine Art Museum), the Arkansas Art Center in Little Rock, AK and the Brooklyn Museum in Brooklyn, NY have also collected work by Judy.