Recent Updates[12/01 - current]
Water Street Market
"A Wing and Prayer"
spirit boxes and shrines
[1/30 - 2/04/09]
Spiritual Care Collaborative
Summit '09 Sacred Space at the Bedside
See more of Judy's Altars
Youtube clip of Judy's Shrines, Altars & Figures Opening
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Judy has just opened a vintage clothing, furniture and accessories shop in Tillson. NY (on Rte 32). Thanks to everyone who has helped and supported this new project!
Visit our youtube site to see a video of my latest opening at Water Street on Nov.6...thanks!
A "Spirit Box" is a cross between an altar space and art inspired by the Day of the Dead. I've always loved the vignettes created by Mexican artists and the spaces that are created in their homes as memorials. But I was also thinking about Milagros (miracles), and the altars inspired by prayers. In my mind these boxes are for the living and have more to do with creating a space that honors some aspect of a person or recognizes that some aspect in a person could be stronger or further developed. I've kept the boxes open so that people can personalize them with their own "trinkets" and charms. I am hoping that each time a person looks at their box they reinforce their aspirations and or prayers.
The altars and shrines create spaces of reflection or nurturing. Many cultures throughout the world have spaces in their homes for reflection or prayer. The spaces I’ve created are to allow one to take a moment and address that need for calm, for dialogue, for memory.
The figures represent another spiritual state that comes through dance. I believe we are at our most beautiful when we are dancing and that is not to say our most beautiful in only the physical sense, but in the emotional & spiritual sense as well.
I don’t consider myself an exceptionally spiritual person. I have my conversations with God but always with a little anguish or frustration, perhaps with less acceptance and faith than I should have. But I am stubborn and will keep knocking on that door.
So it is with some surprise that I have created a body of work that addresses the spiritual in me, that confronts my need to define a space both physical and mental to delve even further into myself in order to see the larger picture that in fact, transcends both physical and mental.