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New York Foundation for the Arts

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.



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Artist Statement: Carrie Haddad Gallery

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.

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