Daydream – Hand-Drawn Pen & Ink Original
A fine example of Judi's skillful eye for detail, Daydream is an inner-self portrait of the artist's teenage years, and holds a vibrant sense of longing - whilst caged by circumstance.
But Daydream is also about self-obsession, and of failing to see the world around - in this case South Africa's wildlife, where Judi grew up. Young people's eyes are always on the future, and the present is so often overlooked. And in this case the girl's expression is fixed, intent - is she dreaming of rebellion?
There's also a sense of stillness - drawn in Judi's forties when she had the luxury of time, and to revisit a childhood in subtropical Durban. Now, we see that geckos and snakes under the bed of her childhood have become products of her subconscious creativity.
It's an intimate and personal work and, says Judi: “It's one of my most precious."
- Original hand-drawn pen & ink illustration
- 420mm*594mm (A2)
- Comes with free shipping and mount.
Listen to artist Judi Thomas talking about her artwork 'Daydream' here
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She has an avid collector base from the feminist-centred and invite-only parties that Judi curates. Her work is often confrontational, and her erotic work has seen her banned from Amazon and, at times, from Facebook.
“I do political art, I get banned from Amazon for my erotic colouring books, and my facebook gets shut down because there are nipples, so it’s not without confrontation.”
She’s regularly commissioned for individual portraits, and for her intimate, often erotic works.
A willingness to confront injustice has run through Judi’s life. South African-born, as a student, Judi was often arrested as part of the anti-aparteid movement in South Africa, prior to the release of Nelson Mandela.
Today the fetish scene of her home town in Brighton, UK, feeds into her art. “As a feminist, I find the whole fetish thing very interesting territory. I absolutely believe that the people have the strength to be revolting if they wanted to. I’m all for civil disobedience.”
“I find the human body beautiful,” says Judi, “in all its complexity, intricacy and mess. The human body one of the most stunning, organic machines in existence.”