|Judith De Zanger
After graduating from Skidmore College and New York University, Judith worked and studied at the Artist Studio Center in New York City with Jim Youngman in a community of artists. She has also taken classes at the National Academy of Art, Parsons School of Design, The Woodstock School of Art, The Art Students League, and Marymount College. She is presently working, learning and teaching at the Educational Alliance Art School in N.Y.C. and The Woman’s Studio Center in Long Island City.
Judith’s sculptures are organic, sensual forms which reflect her love of and respect for the natural beauty of the material in which she is working. Her sculpture aims to express the “spirit”, the chi, the life force of the form and so she is constantly confronting the dialectic of form vs. spirit or matter vs. energy. She has written a book entitled “The Tao of Creativity” and her work reflects the Tao philosophy of becoming one with the wood or stone and discovering the beauty and natural harmony within. The Tao philosophy speaks of the importance of Following One’s Own Path, Listening to Intuition, Being in the Moment, Enjoying the Journey, Effortless Action, and the Importance of Nothingness or the Void. Each of these concepts is true of the sculpting process when it is experienced as a spiritual, meditative practice. Some of her sculptures correspond to specific Tao poems. Judith hopes that her work will speak to the spirit and beauty of others.