ARTIST’S STATEMENT

Judith Kornett graduated from the University of Maryland with a BFA in biology and art, and an MFA in printmaking. She spent the next 40 years teaching art in Annapolis, Maryland. While teaching Judith continued to be a productive artist, producing limited edition prints, fine art photography, and colored pencil and graphite drawings. Since 2008, Kornett has concentrated on ceramic sculpture, using both hand- built and thrown forms to create her work. Through this work she explores form, imagery and surface, with an emphasis on pattern, texture and color. Recently, Ms. Kornett has discovered the beauty and wonder of glass and its relationship to glaze and sculpture in general through the use of color, form and texture.

 

IN HER OWN WORDS

The last ten years have seen an astounding evolution in my sculpture. My first series, created in 2008, depicted mythological figures, both classical and invented. These sculptures were fired in electric, gas and wood fueled kilns,  and were mostly humorous in nature.  Often embellished with colorful feathers, beads and wires, they were attractive and fanciful, but did not feed my artistic soul.

My next series was started in 2012. It was a reaction to the ever-increasing levels of violence both in the United States and abroad. These figures had such titles as "Crawling for Safety" and ‘Do Guns Have a Heart?’”. Throughout this series the viewer can discern the consistent presence of my personal icons such as shoes, black hearts, and guns, all representing elements my personal anti-violence theme. This theme continues and has grown to include feminist issues that have been raised in the  Me Too, movement, and seem especially important in this the Year of the Woman.

Currently I am exploring the medium of fused glass both as a bringer of light and color into an otherwise dark world, and as a lovely source of embellishment for my ceramic work.