When Viola Wears Patience, 2014 • 149 Main Street
“The loggerhead is a splendid creature, wearing its shell like a ballroom gown. But who is Viola? Viola is from Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. When the play opens she is practically in mourning, assuming her twin brother, Sebastian, has drowned. Viola was cast afloat on a loggerhead which becomes both her transport and her skirt. The original version of the loggerhead sculpture was built 10 years ago for a 3-day festival in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Designed as a kiln for firing ceramics, hundreds of participants made clay tiles which were then fired inside of the sculpture, using natural combustibles for fuel. My current work, predominantly ceramic, visually binds the human figure together with large endangered or neglected animals as if to mend the tragic results of societies divided by self interest.”
Judy Sigunick was born and raised in Chicago. She received her MFA at SUNY New Paltz in 1993. Artist residencies include the Vermont Studio Center and Market Street Art Center. Her commissioned public art brings together multiple values by often incorporating community art into the design. Judy currently teaches ceramics at Dutchess Community College as well as workshops in the area.