Judith Anne Barker
Judith's work is fuelled by a fascination with the formation and use of language – how it has evolved over years of use and how it changes from dialect to dialect as we travel from place to place. The Saxon word for 'draw' was 'drag' and for her BA in Printmaking literally dragged her etching plates behind her bicycle to record her journeys around the Gloucestershire, Worcestershire and Herefordshire countryside.
Another way of describing this sense of journey is 'moving on'. In particular, Judith's work is concerned with the reaction of memory to that which is destroyed, offering the idea that, although sometimes painful and overwhelming, destruction can be a positive force. Whether good or bad, destruction is mysteriously written into the genetic code of all nature.
Populated with traces of memory from the events that have affected her own life, Judith's work seeks to describe the chaotic natural forces that we are all at the mercy of, opening up the journey narrative in a way that allows each viewer to recreate the work for themselves. Combining physical material with symbolic images, Judith tries to make connections between her internal world and the wider world outside. It is like viewing a ruin, causing us to reflect on the past, yet also think of the inevitability of our chaotic future. It is both present while functioning as a sign of absent testimony.
Judith is a survivor or throat cancer. The physical 'dragging' of her daily journeys have become a metaphor of her life journey. She is moving on, each deliberate creative act a celebration of life and her determination to facedown the future, whatever it may hold.