ARTIST Judith Visker
“When I create a work of art I am expressing myself in an original and investigational way using my memory and imagination, As I lose myself in the art making process, in time I arrive at the spot where the piece is finished and it becomes an object of its own, Color and shape dominate as my thoughts mingle with the paint while striving to unveil something unique, Viewers identify my style by the bold color and ingenuity of ideas.”
Artist, Judith Visker attended Minnesota State University, Mankato after a career in nursing, She graduated with a BFA and MA in studio art and specializes in Abstract Acrylic painting, Her experimental style has resulted in her being sought by patrons in the USO and Canada. She has received awards in competitions and has been juried into art shows such as Hidden in The Hills in the Phoenix area and The Uptown Art Fair in Minneapolis. Judith has a passion when it involves any creativity and readily shares her ideas. Her work is on display at the Dow Gallery in St. Paul, MN, The Courtyard Gallery in Wenden, AZ and the Wham Art Center in Surprise, AZ where she has her studio and is the Gallery Director, Elizabeth R. Moore.
After a forty years career as an Organization Development and Training Consultant, College Professor, and Human Resource Manager, I retired and took up painting. Having worked on the left side of my brain for most of my adult life, I did a dramatic about face and switched to the right side of my brain. I became an artist!
I grew up in Sioux City, Iowan Following college, I married and moved to California and then, eventually, to the east coast, where I have lived ever since. I have had the great privilege of traveling to other countries throughout my married life, and I believe my passion for art took hold once I had the opportunity to visit other countries and cultures.
The concept of “culture” has always intrigued me. I wrote my doctoral dissertation on the role that founders play in their company’s culture-creation process. My research focused on the symbols, signs, words, behaviors, belief systems, values, and norms that contribute to the development of a company’s culture.
Not surprisingly, once I began my second career as an artist, I was drawn to other cultures, both ancient and distant. Consequently, I enjoy creating ethnographic works of art in which text and other cultural symbols are embedded in my visual compositions in an effort to make meaning and allow each piece to speak a language all it’s own. I am a mixed media artist. My work is typically multi-layered with collaged elements, heavily textured, brightly colored, and non-representational. Lately I have become fascinated with assemblage: using found objects to create art. Perhaps I could describe myself as a bricoleur: (noun) French: one who makes creative and resourceful use of whatever materials are at hand, regardless of their original purpose.
During the winter months, I rent studio space at WHAM, a community arts organization located in Surprise, AZ. Because I am now retired, I am able to spend three to four days a week in my studio, creating art. During the summer months, I rent studio space in Grantham, NH. I adhere to a fairly strict work schedule, trying to work three to five days a week in my studio. I constantly strive to explore new boundaries and new directions in my work. Going to galleries and art openings to see what my artistic colleagues are doing is an ongoing source of inspiration for me. Art is a way to lose yourself. It is also a way to find yourself. When creating a painting, I typically have no preconceived plan, no predetermined destination. I charge down the path alone but have no idea where it will lead me. Nor can I be absolutely certain when I have arrived. In the process, I lose all track of time, all awareness of my surroundings. When I emerge from the “zone,” I re-enter the world and sometimes, but not always, I am pleased with what I have created.