Of Polish Jewish origin, born in Paris, France, Ronit Judelman always stood out as ‘the artist’ at an academic primary and high school. She later embarked on an artistic career (architectural and product design) at Betzalel Academy of Arts in Jerusalem where she completed the introductory year. Subsequently, she pursued an academic career in Psychology in Johannesburg, South Africa where she currently resides: working, studying and making frequent trips to Israel, her original home.
Judelman’s connection with art (in the form of informal painting, art workshops and, art teaching) persisted throughout the years of her academic studies to become first, an educational psychologist (M.A degree with an internship in a school for children with learning disabilities), and second a clinical psychologist (M.A. with an internship in a mental hospital); as well as running a busy private practice in psychology. Approximately eight years ago, art once again took centre stage Judelman’s life. Subsequently, she enrolled for a B.V.A (Bachelor in Visual Arts), a four year degree at the University of South Africa. On completion of her studies she received the Top Visual Arts Student Award (2010).
As a multi-dimensional artist, she works in a variety of media. An idea and a theme usually dictate the choice of the medium. She uses acrylic, enamel, and oil paint on canvas as well as perspex, resin and found objects to create her sculptures.
Judelman’s preoccupation with transparent material reflects the paradoxical nature of a society, which purports ‘to show and tell’ while operating on the psycho-analytical principle of ‘things ain’t what they seem’.
The artist’s present works are conceptual as they are informed by the insights she acquired in her life experience and the years of practice as a clinical and educational psychologist. The works deliver social comment on contemporary lifestyle and on contemporary values.
‘This psychologist turned artist has many interesting comments to make and promises to be a light to watch. The work that really stood out for me was that of Ronit Judelman. Her clear resin casts of rotund female forms that house colorful objects like ‘perfect’ Barbie dolls comment on perceptions and aspirations as well as the psychology behind perceptions of the feminine as seen through the eyes of various sectors of society. They are beautifully crafted and luscious and yet contain a social message. Similarly her photographs of people moving very quickly (in a gym or at an airport) speak of the endless motion of the rat race and the futility of the movement. These works are aptly titled ‘Going Nowhere Faster’.’
(Gordon Froud in Arttimes, January- December issue, 2008)
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