My Other Whole – Hand-Drawn Pen & Ink Original
At the end of a fairy tale marriage, Judi realised she had out grown being someone's other half. My Other Whole is a piece made whilst stepping into a new love.
"My Other Whole holds something of the menace that I felt towards the end of my marriage," says Judi, "not because he was a bad man, but because I felt trespassed upon, observed, analysed and for the first time, I was not certain that this was what Love was supposed to be."
At the same time, the piece portrays the possibility of two whole people combining to create something bigger, rather than amputating themselves into fractions. Featuring magpies, magical birds, it speaks also to the finding of treasures in unexpected places, like the jewels of a teenage self discovered in the wreckage of failed relationship, or an unlooked-for love found later in life.
- Original hand-drawn pen & ink illustration
- 420mm*594mm (A2)
- Comes with free shipping and mount.
Listen to artist Judi Thomas talking about her artwork 'My Other Whole' 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.”