Much of my work examines First Nation’s issues through the lens of traditional and contemporary forms of art making. My work is deeply personal with a focus on spirituality, family, and graffiti with the purpose of honoring people in my life. I have worked with hand made paper creating traditional parfleche bags, miniature burial mounds casted from my pregnant body, and a big drum. Recently I have made hand made paper clothing based upon the Spirit names of friends and families. At the same time, I have researched and learned traditional art making using traditional materials creating primarily beaded pieces. With this knowledge I fuse traditional and contemporary art forms. One such piece honours my graffiti artist son, Cruz. I have recreated Cruz’s first graffiti burner in beads on moose hide. Exploit Robe (Toying Around), the first piece in this series of four, acknowledges his inexperience as a writer while honouring the beginning of his journey as an artist. My most recent works honour Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal women where I provide space for the exploration into experiences, sensibilities, thoughts, fears, and hopes presented as female-based realities. These works include sound, beading, handmade-paper, and found objects that reveal the complexities of personal relationships. These works open the dialogue around the importance of honouring people and the many ways these ceremonies can enrich the lives of both First Nation and non-First Nations people.
Judy Anderson is a mixed media artist and artisan working in Regina. She is of Cree descent from the George Gordon First Nations, Saskatchewan.