Judit Hersko's portrait of Anna Schwartz - transparent silicone cast with sea butterflies.
Report by Patricia Frischer
Jeanne Baret disguised as a man on an exploratory voyage around the earth, 1766-1769
|Judit Hersko who depicts herself as Anna Schwartz's daughter|
Hersko creates photographs, collages, and sculptures to support her narrative and she inserts these into existing materials. Finding magical connections in historical facts inspires her and she weaves further relationships by inserting her characters. She works in the intersection of art and science as well as fact and fiction.
Sculptor Kathleen Scott working in her studio with her son Peter
Judit Hersko - Installation “400 Parts Per Million”
Collage format invented by women of the Victorian era.
|Judit Hersko working with light, transparency, time, performance|
|Judit Hersko - Installation “Pages from the Book of the Unknown Explorer”|
|Judit Hersko detail|
Judit Hersko works in close collaboration with scientists. She says she has a miniaturist approach and likes to get close to her subjects. However, creating the narrative allows her to zoom out and provide a wider perspective. Does the art benefit the science? Her art is inspired by the science and helps to convey the science. But collaboration between artists and scientists is a two-way street as the scientists can do better and different work by having a new perspective. Artists have a different way of looking at things and the scientists in her sphere are inspired by her.
Judit Hersko is currently Chair of the Department of Art, Media, and Design at California State University San Marcos.Note: Scripps Institution of Oceanography now has an art collection focused on art and science collaborations. Works from “The Weather on Steroids” exhibition on climate change (2017) are the first pieces in this collection. Thanks to Margaret Leinen of Scripps Institute of Oceanography and Amy Adler Visual Arts UCSD for supporting this performance presentation.