artist statement

Jude Lang makes paintings and drawings. The work shapes the familiar into the mysterious and the loved into unknown, strange memories. It insists on making the experiences of women and children; motherhood, childhood; growth and development— interesting, provoking and complex. Flicking between awareness and memory it makes a rupture that moves the images between fiction and life.
The paintings use images from communal and personal stories, distilled and frozen out of their narratives. They use everyday experiences as a starting point. Often these are framed instances that would go unnoticed in their original context. Resonant through shared cultural narratives, when extracted and apart, they carry energy in their awkwardness.
“…the growing good of the world is partly dependent on unhistoric acts; and that things are not so ill as they might have been is half owing to the number who lived faithfully a hidden life, and rest in unvisited tombs.”