Kyabram Free Press
Art reflects Judith’s life
Judith Roberts has enjoyed her life, so the title of her art exhibition in Kyabram Town Hall is in keeping with her reflections from the past — it is called Introspective Retrospective.
An immediate smile comes to the face of the Shepparton artist when she talks about the 40-plus pieces that will adorn the walls of the historic gallery until the end of the year.
By analysing the events that have taken place in her life and dealing with those same past events or situations, she ticks both of the title’s boxes.
The exhibition was due to open on her 70th birthday, another opportunity to reflect on life, which was October 7. A COVID delay meant she wasn’t able to display the artwork until a week or so ago, when she had her first “meet the artist” session.
She will again be at the venue on November 6 and 16, along with December 1, to describe her artwork and tell the stories behind the pieces.
She has specialised in textile art for 13 years, brought to Kyabram through the work of exhibition co-ordinator Anne Churches.
Her Three Magpies piece tells the story of a trip she took across the Nullabor with her then husband, picking up a couple of First Nations men on the way.
It features a boomerang the men gave to her and her then husband as a way of saying thank you, along with the water bag that hung on the front of the Renault 16 hatchback in which they made the trek.
The trip was in 1973, when the school-teaching couple travelled from Corowa to Mount Tom Price in the northern half of Western Australia.
“We were married on December 14, left the day after and returned for school in February,” she said.
“We took the seats out of the back and packed everything in there.
“That’s where the blokes we picked up sat. Come to think of it there wasn’t a lot of room.”
The almost 50-year-old boomerang is the centrepiece of the artwork,
Judith making the remaining two water bags herself to complete the piece.
She is often inspired by the surrounds of the homes of her sons, Andy and Nick. One lives at Cable Beach, Broome, and the other in the Queensland town of Tully.
The artwork comes from between 2011 and 2020, and includes paper, fabric, rusty nails, shells, petals and driftwood.
Regular art exhibitions are held at the Kyabram Town Hall, along with the display of collections from a variety of sources.
The Elvis tribute currently on show has certainly created plenty of interest with Kyabram people who were fans of “The King”.