The Artist Perspective: Spring ’09

The Artist Perspective: Spring ’09

Edited by Linda Stein
Art by Judith K. Brodsky

On The Issues Magazine provides an Online forum for artists to exhibit their art, including moving images and audio, as well as stills. This art section presents exciting responses relating to major themes of our day.

In this edition of On the Issues Magazine, we feature the art of East Coast artist, Judith K. Brodsky. The subject of the work, One Hundred Million Women Are Missing, offers a global and feminist reflection on the topic of this edition, Lines in the Sand.

Brodsky is widely-known as an advocate for both women artists and the printed image. With her colleague, Ferris Olin, Brodsky founded the Institute for Women and Art (IWA) at Rutgers University in New Jersey. Brodsky’s leadership in establishing the Rutgers Center for Innovative Print and Paper in New Jersey, was acknowledged by its renaming to the Brodsky Center for Innovative Editions in her honor. Brodsky writes frequently on the arts and is especially known as a curator on feminist art and prints.

In this edition of On The Issues Magazine, we focus on Brodsky’s own work as an artist.

Brodsky creates print series and large scale drawings, working with iconic topics of women, nature, family, politics and science. She uses the indirectness and layering of the printed image as a physical metaphor for layers of meaning and imagery. The series presented here, One Hundred Million Women Are Missing, addresses the denigrating treatment of women, discrimination against women in traditionally male arenas, such as world government or science, and the restrictions of social convention. The images, which she describes by accompanying audio, are personal, poetic, and persuasive in their visual impact. Although created in the early 1990s, the series remains as pertinent today as it was when it was first envisioned.

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–Linda Stein