Artist Judith Rothenstein-Putzer expands the boundaries of reality with her photographic mixed media images. See more of her compelling portfolio by visiting her website.
A native New Yorker, I majored in art at Brooklyn College. A successful career in Occupational Therapy followed, but photography has always been very close to my heart.
The first time I stepped into the darkroom, I was totally captivated. It was just magical.
I began my love affair with photography during college. I was totally mesmerized watching an image appear before my very eyes. The heady smell of the darkroom chemicals may also have had something to do with it! Through lots of trial and error, I learned to manipulate and enhance the images.
Years later, I relocated to Arizona and at that point I transitioned from film to digital photography. My first major challenge was to learn how to augment the photos in the computer as I did in the darkroom.
I also moved from an emphasis on black and white to color. During that quest, I was introduced to alcohol transfers, a technique which uses photographs to create monoprints.
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I also discovered that by adding pen and ink to the negative space, form and color gradations, the artworks became more vivid and alive.
Sometimes I take pleasure in capturing the moment for its form or color. Other times, I try to expand the boundaries of reality. If the work is representational, that’s fine, but if it’s abstract, that’s okay too!
My subject matter has always been eclectic. More often than not, I’m drawn to reflections, especially when the reflected object is diametrically opposed to the object it’s reflected in.
My husband and I have been avid travelers for years, and for me that’s synonymous with photography. Travel has given me an endless source of material for creation. It’s been a standing joke that I pack more photo equipment than clothes! I look forward to traveling and growing through my art journey for many years to come.
In recent years, I have stepped out from behind the lens to create mixed media pieces from my photographs. My newer works are comprised of multi layers of alcohol transfers, giving the works a 3-dimensional effect. Sometimes, I add wire, metal and ephemera as well.
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