Judith G. Levy
Rocket Grant (2011)
Exhibitions/Performances (solo 2011, two group exhibitions in 2015, group exhibitions in 2014, 2012, 2010)
Art Omi (2014)
Statement of Work
I create art that focuses on American public history, popular culture and my own identity. My videos, two-dimensional work, performances and installations explore how stories, memories and legacies are created and examine the content that exists between the lines. I often blend fiction and fact to illustrate how the threads of personal, cultural and national narratives rely upon fabrication, omission, and mistakes as they become accepted constructs of informal and formal history.
My work uses familiar imagery and recognizable references, appropriation, and commonplace text and objects to create work that is often collaged. I have been influenced by my own queerness, by my former experiences as a social worker and community-organizer and by the struggles faced by my immigrant grandparents who had an endless capacity to question authority.
To create work that usurps conventional understandings, I frequently use humor, alternative narratives, the suspension of disbelief, and assemblage to synthesize ideas and layer meaning. I simultaneously debunk established concepts and create new ones, so that they exist to create disturbing junctures that must be negotiated. Creating these upheavals often requires me to mimic the way history is taught, how souvenirs are created, how family stories are shared, and how personas are presented, while at the same time inserting challenges to these narratives that resemble their sources enough to be believed. I’m interested in creating new considerations and provocations, as I re-examine traditional concepts and accounts.