About the Artist
Judy Woodborne obtained her B.A.F.A from Michaelis School of Fine Art in 1988 and an advanced Diploma in Printmaking awarded with Distinction in 1989. She was awarded her Masters of Fine Arts Degree with Distinction from the University of Cape Town in 1993 with a dissertation entitled Moria, a Eulogy of Folly. She was the resident artist and administrator of Hard Ground Printmakers' Workshop from 1993 until its closure in 2005.
She set up her own printmaking studio, Intagliostudio situated in the Bijou Cinema in Observatory, Cape Town where she runs classes and workshops as well as providing a membership-based studio for fellow printmakers. She has travelled and visited many printmaking workshops in the United Kingdom, France, Germany and Austria and has travelled as far south as Tierra del Fuego and the Antarctic Peninsula, crossing the infamous Drake's Passage in an icebreaker. She travelled to Hong Kong and mainland China, where she was part of a group training in Yang Style Tai' Chi Chuan, with Master Au Rong Ju in Foshan, Guandong Province. Her series of paintings "The Elements" are inspired by her journeys in the East and a trip to Zanzibar. She has been working on the theme of “water element” for the last two years and her travels to Namibia by boat, Istanbul and lakes in Salzburg have been a source of visual inspiration.
Woodborne has spent some time working in various printmaking workshops such as the Grafische Werkstatt im Traklhaus, as well as taking part in collaborative printmaking portfolios with artist/curator Jan Jordaan, working on the Break the Silence HIV Campaign, as well as the Art for Humanity, Woman Artists supporting Children's' Rights Campaign. Other projects include the Playing Card Portfolio curated by Veerle Rooms, Belgium in collaboration with the Playing Card Museum, Kasterlee, and the Body Politic portfolio of colour etchings produced in collaboration with Prof. Teresa Cole, Tulane University, USA, and funded by the Foundation for the Creative Arts (1996). Woodborne was selected as the ABSA Klein Karroo Kunsfees Festival Artist in 2007.
She produced a highly unusual body of paintings on gold-leaf entitled The Garden of Eden. She recently curated and published a portfolio of 16 etchings, The Exquisite Corpse, based on the theme of Adam and Eve, in collaboration with 7 participating artists. The portfolio was sponsored by Sanlam, and selected for the Klein Karoo Kunsfees 2009.