Judi Elliott presents an intimate solo exhibition that draws on her references to the built environment and architecture. She is interested in the space that we inhabit and the memories that we leave behind. The four walls and roof that a house provides is the built structure, but it is what it contains: the warmth, love, dreams and strength, that is most important.
Having worked with glass for over 27 years, she is still transfixed with its elements and recognises that it can sometimes be a difficult material to tame. In this exhibition, she brings us new work that leaves us in no doubt that she is a skilled master with the material.
In retrospect, maybe I could have been an architect, but too many wonderful things present themselves when we are young. So many turns in the road of destiny. However, my love of buildings and seclusion of home come out in another way. My latest work, as always inspired by architecture, has led me to cast, cut, and construct my dwellings, which is a dramatic change in my technique. It has been a joy, and I hope you can relate to the structure, colour and philosophy within this exhibition.
I KNOW WHAT SHAPE I AM. I AM A SQUARE. I OFTEN TRY TO BE ROUND, BUT I AM UNEASY WITH IT. ROUND SLIPS AWAY FROM YOU EASILY, WHEREAS SQUARES ARE POSITIVE AND STRONG. YOU KNOW WHERE YOU ARE WITH A SQUARE.
Judi Elliott, 2011