Judith Hoyt has been making work with found metal, paper collage, as well as collage with encaustic wax for twenty years. She was born in 1958, in the Catskill Mountains of New York where her growing interest in making art drew her to the Art Awareness program in Lexington, New York at age fifteen, and then to the State University of New York at New Paltz, where she earned a BFA in Printmaking in 1980.
It was in this community that Judith settled, raised her two sons and began her love affair with found metal. Without access to a press, Judith began her work with paper collage and returned to the college to pursue an earlier interest in metal-smithing. Found metals dominated her work from that point. Later, Judith discovered encaustics and added that to her palette. The figures in Judith’s collaged sculpture, encaustics, and jewelry, are interpreted through the materials she uses.
Among the honors and awards that Judith has received are the 2003 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship in crafts, and in 2005, the “Best in Show” award at Craft Boston. Her work has appeared in numerous books and catalogues featuring found art such as Altered Art by Terry Taylor ,500 Brooches by Marthe Le Van and Found Object Art by Dorothy Spencer.
Judith’s solo shows have been at such venues as The Works Galley (Philadelphia, PA), the Signature Shop Gallery (Atlanta, GA) and the Catskill Mountain Foundation Gallery (Hunter, NY). Judith has participated in many group shows in which the focus is on recycled content such as Recycle, Reuse, Recreate, which traveled to several countries in Africa and Recreation/Re-Creation at the Noyes Museum in New Jersey.
My collages are about old material used to create new work depicted in scraps of paper, fabric, and found metal. I rescue metal from alongside the road, pages from old books, and discarded fabrics from another time. This material is discolored, corroded and misshapen by the random process of history- a history that gets passed on to the figures. Each piece evolves through trial and error, the shapes and colors of the materials guiding the development.