Judit Mathe United Kingdom
Judit Mathe is a Hungarian artist based in West Yorkshire and recently completed an MA in Creative Practice at Leeds Arts University. Combining fine and applied arts, found objects and textiles the artist creates small scale artefacts and idols. Her research is informed by personal memories, fairy tales and subjects of taboo, such as religion, feminism, sexuality and fetishism.
The creative process is almost like a religious act, meditation, where materials are gently handled as if they were sacred objects. The process is informed by both of the artist’s Hungarian heritage based around textile techniques and recycling as well as borrowing elements of the consumerist, throw-away society where she resides now. Broken, unwanted, thrown away toys, fashion dolls from charity shops or car boot sales are entwined and entangled with narratives, objects and threads. The artist combines wrapping and needle-weaving techniques creating artefacts and idols influenced by Brothers Grimm’s Fairy and Folk Tales, Christian iconography and embedding them with autobiographical elements. In her work, the artist poses questions of traditional female roles, motherhood, suppression, sexuality or the lack of it.