Judith Rugg is an artist and art theorist and Professor of Contemporary Art & Spatial Culture at the University for the Creative Arts, Canterbury. She studied Fine Art at Bath Academy of Art, Ravensbourne College of Art & Design and the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London. She holds a PhD from Middlesex University. Her work is included in the following public collections: Victoria and Albert Museum, Arts Council of England, Auckland City Art Gallery, Liverpool University, The Open University and The Contemporary Arts Society as well as many private collections.
Underpinning all of Judith Rugg’s work is her interest in the connections between objects, space, presence and human relationships. The narrative of spatial contexts, the accumulations of space as a locus for hope and loss, the transience of the individual and the paradox of innocence and deliberation have been continual themes in her work over the last 20 years.
Her recent paintings focus on the accidental aesthetic of urban space – the reflected light, material surfaces and formal order (and disorder) of architecture – and how this can be explored through painterly approaches. She is interested in how painting can acquire a meditative quality, like minimalist music, where through repetition, minor shifts of key or elements going in and out of phase, the surface can develop a friction or a fugitive quality. She is interested in how this and the tonal relationships of colour can evoke other kinds of spatial references or associations such as landscape or interior space.