About Judy Youngblood
Weather is an internal as well as an external phenomenon. While one's
interior climate does not always reflect the seasons of one's environment,
there are resonances and echoes between them that constantly adjust one's
balance. Judy Youngblood's art is a continuous dance with these dynamics.
Youngblood's work is always about nature. She shapes and stylizes wind
and rain and clouds to create the most universal and thought-provoking
symbolism. A ceremonial pillar of rain falls from a round - perhaps even
mushroom-shaped - cloud and forms an abstract monument, but there is no
inherent drama in the image. There is only a clear and vivid statement.
Its presence is edgy, yet its surface is velvety and serene.
Youngblood is a printmaker as well as a painter, and the way she works
is closely linked to her background in printmaking with a focus on etching.
As a Fulbright Scholar, she studied in Paris with Stanley William Hayter.
She headed the printmaking department at the University of North Texas
for years. "One thing I like a great deal about working in print," she
says, "is that it is so slow and time consuming. Many of my thought
processes occur during the time I spend working on the plate, and not
Youngblood's painting, drawing, and mixed media techniques are much the
same. "It's all about laying down images and changing them, and the way
those changes interact in the layering process. If you look closely, you
can see underneath where the preliminary drawings have changed or gone
away. The whole thing about having layers there is very important. It is
exactly like the inner life of everything - people, weather, time. It
all moves. My work is about change and transformation, about which
elements can be controlled and which ones cannot."
Repetition also plays a prominent part in Youngblood's art. Leaves,
raindrops, and human figures, each slightly different, cluster and
disperse much like the organic patterns of nature or the workings of
the psyche. The possibilities of interpretation are endless. The
unifying element, always, is Younglood's immaculate craftsmanship.
Her work has been exhibited in solo shows at numerous galleries and
university art museums, as well as the Art Museum of Southeast Texas
in Beaumont. It has been selected for juried exhibitions worldwide.
Youngblood's work hangs in the permanent collections of the Boston,
Houston, and San Francisco Museums of Fine Art, the Brooklyn Museum,
the National Museum of Art in Washington, DC, the Museum of New Mexico
in Santa Fe, and the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland. Corporate
collections include Texas Instruments and Exxon.