Open Studio Gallery

Alison Judd

Even the continents have no place but earth


February 15, 2019March 16, 2019

Opening Reception

February 15, 20196:00 – 8:00 PM


  • Alison Judd, ‘Map 1, tectonics’, 2018, woodcut relief, Sumi Ink, Konnyaku starch, thread on Kozuke paper, edition 1/1, 27” x 29”.
  • Alison Judd, ‘Map 1, tectonics’ (detail), 2018, woodcut relief, Sumi Ink, Konnyaku starch, thread on Kozuke paper, edition 1/1, 27” x 29”.
  • Alison Judd, ‘Continents, drift 1’, 2017, woodcut relief, Sumi ink, Konnyaku starch, thread, on Kozuke paper, 18” x 24”.
  • Install shot.

Even the continents have no place but earth

The title of this exhibition is borrowed from a poem by Canadian poet and philosopher Jan Zwicky, The Geology of Norway, which explores the discrepancy between logical language and the ineffable, how we struggle to find and express meaning. These tensions are reflected in Judd’s affinity for the factual: collecting scientific imagery, maps, charts, and geological illustrations, all the while mining for poetry in the language of scientific description. She is particularly compelled by how such representations can strip away emotional and relational complexity, and how metaphor and materiality can restore a nuanced understanding to what is and is not.

The installation of the contiguous prints and paper sculptures disrupt scale, develop new relationships, and facilitate a metamorphosis of materials.

Sometimes the movement of the earth is evident in large catastrophic events, but we must not forget it is always moving, small imperceptible shifts under our feet. The scale of the shift, the crack, the fracture: does it go unnoticed or does it take your feet out from under you?

Alison Judd’s practice is rooted in printmaking at the intersection of print, sculpture and language. She uses earthly phenomena to ruminate on transience, impermanence, and loss, as well as the slow accumulation and distillation of knowledge. Judd holds a diploma from the Ontario College of Art, a BFA in Printmaking from Concordia University, Montreal, and completed her Masters of Fine Art in Print Media at York University, Toronto. She has exhibited work in Canada, the U.S., Cuba, Germany and Switzerland. She has been the recipient of awards and grants from the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council. Judd has been awarded residencies at the Kloster Bentlage Cultural Centre, (Rheine, Germany), the Klondike Institute of Art and Culture, (Dawson City, YK), the Banff Centre for the Arts (Banff, AB) and the Druckwerk Printmaking Studio (Basel, Switzerland).

Other upcoming exhibitions in 2019 include group shows Printed Planes, at the Visual Arts Centre, Marshall University, Huntington, WV, and the Biennale Trois Riviere, Trois Riviere, Quebec.

Alison Judd would like acknowledge the support of the Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance Grant.