I like the idea of spending hours meticulously crafting something that most people think of as ruined. Often when something has "gone bad" it has given rise to something new, but it can be hard to appreciate new growth in the shadow of our disappointment. While it may not be the beginning we hoped for, it is a beginning nonetheless. The act of putting so much thought and labor into a thing implies value, prompting the viewer to explore past their initial response. Curiosity over how mimicry is constructed draws people closer to something they would normally flinch away from. I think of the works in this series as vanitas/memento mori turned on its head.
Putting Down Roots
The average length of a dandelion taproot is 6-18 inches, but they can grow up to 10 feet. A dandelion can regrow from as little as an inch of taproot left in the soil.
Lost and Found
If These Walls Could Talk
(Peziza Cup Fungus Installation)
Peziza domiciliana cup fungus grows on rotten wood, drywall/plasterboard, and plaster in homes, damp cellars, and basements. It is not at all dangerous to humans, instead acting as a sort of canary in a coal mine to let you know that there is a water issue within your walls or floors.
Stuck on You
Microorganized I (White Bread Slice with Mold)
Microorganized II (Wheat Bread Slice with Mold)
I am a lover of books. A damaged book always provokes grief in me, and to dog-ear a page would feel like sacrilege. Yet I am compelled by the delicate, lace-like creations of silverfish as they consume paper and ink.
How Does Your Garden Grow?
(Tobacco Hornworm on Defoliated Tomato Plant)
Judith Klausner is a Somerville MA artist with a love for small, intricate, and overlooked things. She received her degree in Studio Art from Wesleyan University in 2007 after constructing her thesis primarily out of insects, and has since continued to search the details of her surroundings for inspiration. Her work has been featured in Harper’s magazine, Reader’s Digest, the Huffington Post and NPR, and exhibited in venues internationally including the Susquehanna Art Museum, Museum of Natural History, RI, Museo di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto, and the Boston Children’s Museum. Her experience of invisible disability and chronic pain play an integral role in how she views the world and creates art. Judith enjoys playing with her food, both recreationally and professionally.