Image notes: Thoughts on Judith Sturm's use of the Monotype.
Erika Greenberg Schneider | Master Printer | Art Curator | Owner Bleu Acier Inc. - Tampa, Florida | USA
Judith Sturm’s painting has been going through a constant transformation process since she left the Beaux Arts Academy.
Her work has slowly C within it’s formal and intimate self. More precise in its technique and in its message her work reads as the narrative of a young woman asserting herself in contemporary society. The series of monotypes echoes the works natural intimate existence more than the formal aspect of the work. Judith’s feminine experience is very pronounced in the paper works as they are more gestural and emotional.
Throughout history, the Monotype process has always served painters as a technique to quickly process ideas for their paintings. The specificity of the monotype is such that you are immediately surrounded by its invitation to speed and delivery. Judith took full advantage of this. Using the process in its most direct manner she worked on images sequentially, understanding that tight detail and perfect surfaces were part of her painting environment and were not part of this new chapter of her work. The results unveil clues to understanding her thinking and allow the viewer a privileged access to her world.