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Mind of the Artist Part X: Judy Folkenberg

March 22, 2017
We can’t imagine a better way to end the year than with a grand finale of not one–but THREE–featured artists from our friends at CHAL.  Each of these artists represents fantastically different ways of thinking about art in their lives, and each expresses herself so differently through the creative process.  It feels particularly compelling, as we move toward the end of the year, to reflect back on Mind of the Artist–and we’ll share more over the next two weeks of featured artists.  For now, we are delighted to introduce you to Judy Folkenberg, whose whimsical use of found objects speaks to the interplay of memory and present moment, to new perspectives, and to seeing the world around us as a space always for creativity, if only we are open to it.  Here’s Judy:
“the creative mind plays with the object it loves.”  c.j. jung

Falling Leaves

I like to play and create evocative and beautiful objects from all sorts of materials, so I became an artist.  I’ve loved books since I was a small girl so I focus much of my artistic passion on them.


Elephant Walk

I collect all sorts of things:  natural objects; boxes (ones I make or old ones bought from antique or junk shops); old hardware and other tools or implements; paper, books, illustrations, and photos; and other ephemera, and then play with them. I manipulate and arrange objects, rough them up sometimes; nail, paste, or sew them, paint, stain, and dye them.  I experiment.  For instance, I throw sawed off bound pages from a book into the bathtub, let them dry, and see the shapes that emerge. Then I dye or paint them.   And I make and play with books.


Hanging Pulley Over Eggs

Much of the time I have little idea where I’m going with a creation, but figure I have to just enjoy the ride, whatever the destination.


 “it’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” Henry David Thoreau

Visit Judy on the web to see more of her amazingly creative explorations. 

And check back on this page right here for the next two weeks for our December Final Hurrah of featured CHAL artists!