Living Lines and Impressions: A Glimpse of Judith Mason’s Editions and Drawings
Curated by Tamar Mason
For the last fifteen years of her life artist Judith Mason (1938-2016) lived and worked on a property close to White River, owned by her daughter and son-in-law, Tamar Mason and Mark Attwood.
In her career spanning 50 years Mason excelled in different disciplines, painting, drawing, graphic printmaking, assemblage in mixed media and artist’s books. Her work is in leading South African corporate, state and private collections as well as in international collections. In 1966 Mason represented South Africa at the Venice Biennale, in 1971 at the Sao Paulo Biennale, in 1980 on the Houston Arts Festival and in 2008 at Art Basel, Miami Beach.
Judith Seelander Menge was born in Pretoria on 10 October 1938 and grew up in Zeerust and Bushbuckridge in Mpumalanga. She matriculated at Pretoria High School for Girls in 1956. She studied visual arts at the University of the Witwatersrand and lectured painting at Wits, the University of Pretoria, the Michaels Art School at the University of Cape Town and the Scuola Lorenzo de Medici in Florence, Italy.
On being a painter she said: “I paint in order to make sense of my life, to manipulate various chaotic fragments of information and impulses into some sort of order, through which I can glimpse a hint of meaning. I am an agnostic humanist possessed of religious curiosity who regards making artworks as akin to alchemy. To use inert matter on an inert surface to convey real energy and presence seems to me a magical and privileged way of living out my days.”
Tamar Mason offers in the exhibition Living Lines and Impressions: A Glimpse of Judith Mason’s Editions and Drawings a personal perspective of Judith Mason’s graphic prints, drawings, an artist’s book as well as tapestries. Editioned prints by The Artists’ Press will also be on show.
On Wednesday 26 June at 11:00 Tamar Mason will be in conversation with Johan Myburg at Kuns-oase, Laerskool Nelspruit. Admission is free.
The exhibition at White River Art Gallery, Casterbridge, White River, opens on 26 June at 18:00. It will be open for the duration of Innibos.