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Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks. Simonides

Judith Kindler

Judith Kindler

It’s like peeling an onion. Work that, at first glance, appears serene, lovely, ethereal, humorous then, for the patient viewer, begins to reveal what lies beneath. And sometimes, what lies there are more questions. But, for every viewer, my work is never one thing, never singular, never simple. Each piece is built layer upon layer, and it is revealed layer by layer, both in narrative and process.

This explains why most of my work is a melding of media both diverse and complex. Photography, sculpture, painting, encaustics, polymers and resins, and found objects are joined to express what cannot otherwise be expressed; that which cannot be put into words in individual works or large installations. The collections often are responses to highly personal current or past events. Through this lens of intimacy, I try to interpret our greater social impact — shared dreams, frustrations, hopes, despairs. Through the work, I find that my unconscious thoughts cross into the conscious. Is it my story I’m telling? Or is it yours? I am exposing, and I am exposed. The theme for each collection opens a door to a body of work that consumes me for the next 1 to 3 years. I explore both the psychological and physical reactions to life experiences. The figures I employ (often as white as chalk and devoid of detail) are a transparent expression, idea or emotion. They are each of us.


Seattle based artist, Judith Kindler has been awarded the 2009 PONCHO Artist of the Year Award. Poncho announced this prestigious award Thursday evening in a special event held at Escala honoring Kindler and the 2009 Poncho Merit Award winners. Upon accepting the award, Kindler choked up, mentioning how much this honor meant to her and went on to say how much Poncho does for the artistic community in the Northwest of which she was equally grateful.

Judith Kindler is a multidisciplinary artist working in sculpture, installation, photography, and photo-based work embedded in encaustic. Judith’s past awards include serving as Master Artist at Pratt Fine Arts, a PONCHO Merit Award for Excellence, and a Gold Award for Excellence in Printing for her design and publication of the book “Defining Truth/ Judith Kindler . She also has been the recipient of two Roscoe Awards for Innovation in Textiles in the applied arts”

Of her own work, Judith says, “My work deals with the currents of sociological interactions. Whether I am focusing on a more autobiogra-phical subject or cultural trend, I endeavor to lay bare the common threads of the human experience, allowing my own observations to inform my work.”

Outside of the studio, Judith is a hardworking ambassador for the arts in the greater Seattle community. She has been an active trustee on the Boards of PONCHO and Cornish College of the Arts. She has Co-Chaired both the Bellevue Arts Museum 's and Poncho's Fine Art Auctions and sat on the Art Auction committees of BAM, Poncho and Pratt. She has also served as a member of the Executive Committee of the Contemporary Arts Council of The Seattle Art Museum. In 2005 she generously established an endowed scholarship for Cornish College of the Arts to be given every year to a student who is innovative in the visual arts.

Judith was also instrumental in the task force charged with envisioning of Seattle Center ’s “Theatre District” including the Seattle Rep, Intiman, the Seattle Ballet, and the then-named Opera House, and she also sat on Kirkland 's Arts Commission Development Task Force.

Judith's art can be found in many major collections, both public and private, and she exhibits her work through these galleries in the US : Gail Severn Gallery in Ketchum, Idaho, Gebert Contemporary Gallery in Los Angeles and Scottsdale, Melissa Morgan Fine Art in Palm Desert, Forre and Co. Fine Art in Aspen, and Daniel Kany Gallery in Portland, Maine.

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