Judith Mason: A Prospect of Icons


NOTES FROM THE OPENING ADDRESS

I would like to tease out a few threads from the fabric of the work on the display.The first is a fundamental belief in the democracy of pain. The curator of my retrospective, A Prospect of Icons, says my work reiterates how awful pain is.
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JUDITH MASON: FIVE DECADES AS AN ARTIST AND ICONOCLAST - FLYER (PDF)

The title of Mason's show is drawn from her essay in a book dedicated to Heather Martienssen by her former students and colleagues, In her essay Mason reflects on the use of religious imagery in painting, a cornerstone of her own work, particularly in regard to Christianity and eastern religions.
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A LEARNER RESOURCE ON THE ART OF JUDITH MASON (PDF)

By Philippa Hobbs and Emile Maurice, with contributions from Nhlanhla Ngwenya.
While Mason's work draws extensively on religion, it is also informed by her exploration of mythological creatures. Animals like the leopard, hyena, ape and monkey feature widely in Mason's work, and one understanding of them is that they symbolise our lower instincts.
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Installation: Dante's La Divina Commedia

Edited from the original text which appeared in JUDITH MASON:
a prospect of icons catalogue.

Art historian Karin Skawran talks to Judith Mason about her commission, Walking with and away from Dante: an installation created by the artist in response to Dante's Divine Comedy . The work consists of three large painted panels and a series of three-dimensional mobile totems, carved by the collector who commissioned the work, and painted by Judith Mason.
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