JUDITH MONROE

 

www.judithmonroe.com

Biography

 

 

Judith Monroe is a mixed media artist with a strong background in traditional and alternative process photographic techniques, incorporating mixed media with photography since the 1980's. She is constantly expanding her knowledge through independent study and workshops with other artists, bringing more collage, writing, painting and drawing into her finished pieces.


Each artwork begins with a photograph and a desire to capture a memory or evoke emotions while telling a story. She collages photographs, sketches, papers and found items onto a surface, then adds layers of textures and color with pencils, acrylic glazes, wax pastels and “whatever seems right” for the piece.
                                   

The resulting imagery is reminiscent of her personal journal pages, with dominating photos that blend into abstractions of color and texture; hidden treasures of text and sketches wait for the viewer to discover them. Her artwork consists of layers of physical materials, representing layers of meaning; black and white photographs  stand in for the physical world, Judith says, while layers of collage, color and text represent the spiritual, “giving our physical world meaning and substance.”


When not creating her own artwork, Judith enjoys teaching others to explore the world  and express themselves through photography at Sierra College in Rocklin, California, where she was invited to join the faculty in 2009. Judith’s unique creative process has been featured in local and national media. Her artworks are in collections from Sacramento to Scotland. Judith is currently represented in art galleries in Northern California and Arizona.