This is what John Crowther, Art Critic at Altamira, had to say about “Metamorphosis”
Told in rich earthy tones, Judith Rostenne’s Metamorphosis is a beautiful work on paper that recalls topography. There is something prehistoric about the comingling of the kaleidoscopic yet subdued hues. Try as I might, I cannot list its many colors, they bleed into each other and are too enigmatic for verbal description. Organic and other worldly, the thick applications of paint remind one of tectonic shifts and the earth’s slow yet inevitable metamorphosis. Every inch of the paper is covered in thick impasto and passages of color that defy description. Had Rostenne indulged in a brighter acrylic palette, the painting would overwhelm the viewer, but the subdued hues draw the viewer into their mysterious embrace instead of repelling them with an overly saturated assault of color.
Continuing my work in combining my collages and my photos, the one below, which I titled “Illusion”, is another step forward in creating an image that is intriguing and solicits a reaction from the viewer.
A very encouraging step forward… The photo montage below, “Storm at Sea”, was entered in a juried exhibit, and to my delight, received 1st Place! It was at the Broward Art Guild, in Fort Lauderdale, and the juror was Peter Meyerhoefer.
Rather than focusing solely on what I had been doing for the past several years, I changed my focus to renewal. I spent time acquiring new techniques in photography and digital image manipulation. I also took the opportunity, while traveling extensively, to sample new art forms, schools and approaches.
Costa Rica gave me a good opportunity to reacquaint myself with trees and nature. In Switzerland I took the time to appreciate the grandeur and richness of rocks.
All of this fuelling me on to my next endeavour which is to prepare a series of composites of nature photographs enhanced through digital manipulation and merged with my collage background.
I will be putting it all together in a photo exhibit, time and location to be determined. In the meanwhile take a look at the new Photo Gallery!
My new adventure was to turn into reality the idea of making a book showing my artwork and explaining what inspires me, and how I do it. So, a week after arriving at our “winter” destination, I rolled up my sleeves, sat down at the computer, and spent many grinding days writing, rewriting, aranging, rearranging, choosing colours and layouts, and then changing the layout and the colours, and so on… Not an easy task!
Finally, it was all done to satisfaction and sent to the printer. A week later, I received the first print of the book: “Inspired by Nature” by Judith Rostenne, a great looking glossy, beautifully printed photo book, which adorns mine, and I am proud to say, several other coffee tables.
(Following up on Mosaiculture) It was very hot, 38ºC! Luckily I had asked to work under a tent with two other artists, so at least we had shade, contrary to the other artists who were working in the open, under the sun (from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, not counting the time setting up and taking down…) We were supposed to be there for three days, but on Sunday, the forecast was of rain, so they cancelled that day. During Saturday and Monday, ten thousand people went through Mosaiculture. A lot of people stopped at our spot to see our work. They were all very curious about my collage technique and most of my time was spent explaining how I do the collages. People were very impressed and found the art beautiful. We had good coverage from the press, including this article (in French) in Le Droit.
We were next to the magnificent Chinese dragons sculpture which included the bonus of listening to the same Chinese song for two full days…
Was awarded First Place for best work. Juror Richard Beau Lieu’s Statement: “Congratulations to all the artists participating… The technique on the painting that placed as First Place was first class as were both of this artist’s works…”
When inducted as a Signature member of the Artists’ Guild, Juror Dennis Aufiery commented the following about the artwork presented by the artist: “Impressive technique, good colour and composition, intriguing images.”