Biography

Judith Ryerse Ingwersen was born in 1947 in North Bay, Ontario. From an early age Judith sketched and painted images that she saw while exploring around her childhood cottage -- anything that sparked her imagination and her wonder. Growing up in northern Ontario, Judith was surrounded by towering pines, ancient rock, crystal waters, fall splendor and an array of wildlife. Images of wilderness and wildness have become a theme in her work for over five decades. Her respect for nature is based on the experiences enjoyed in childhood and throughout her life.

Judith attended Algonquin Composite School. She won the gold medal in grade thirteen and was accepted to Waterloo Lutheran University in 1966. Judith graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Math and Physics and was awarded the medal in Mathematics. After touring Europe she returned to North Bay and worked at Canadore College. In 1971 she married and has two daughters. The 1970ís emerged as Judithís abstract period where she was influenced by colour and form. The 1980ís brought her back to a more realistic style where she began to incorporate people in her work. Judith, again taking inspiration from her surroundings, produced paintings and drawings of her children and their friends. Works from this era included backdrops of the familiar northern Ontario landscape. Judith began her art education at Nipissing University and Canadore College in the 1980ís. During the mid to late 1980ís Judith worked as a math and physics teacher at Canadore College until she left in 1989 and then operated a private school that helped students obtain a secondary school diploma and since then has pursued art full-time. In the last decade she has been grateful for the opportunity to care for her elderly loved ones who have cared for and inspired her throughout her life.

Her first solo exhibition, Northern Visions was held at the WKP Kennedy Gallery in North Bay in 1990. During the 1990ís Judith took inspiration from the energy of living things. Youthful energy is captured in the artistís camp counsellor series, and her garden paintings display energy through colour and arrangement. Judith began experimenting with collage in the mid-1990ís. Ripping, tearing and repositioning the colourful scraps of paper became a cathartic form of creation. Myth and story began to take on more importance towards the end of this decade as a means to apply their symbols to her own experience. Judith developed a new series of paintings that weaved together story, myth, dream and landscape. These paintings were displayed in her second solo show, From Ragged Edges at the White Water Gallery in 1999. In the summers of 1999 and 2000 she taught at Artsperience at Canadore College in North Bay.

In 2000, Judith continued to explore story and myth from regions around the world but became fascinated by stories from Canadaís Arctic region. Several visits to this part of Canada inspired Judith to explore the universality and meaning of Northern tales in contemporary society. In 2002, a solo exhibition titled Sealskin Woman at the White Water Gallery presented works in mixed media and invited participants to share their interpretations of the story. In 2003, Judith exhibited again with Skeleton Woman at the White Water Gallery. Judith's and Mary Green's show Shifting Transversions, Within the Labyrinth traveled between 2005 and 2007 from North Bay to Timmins, Sudbury, Cobourg, and Sault St. Marie. As well as exhibiting in many shows, she began taking courses in clay and sculpture and was accepted into a mentoring program with Fusion and exhibited in An Odyssey in Clay in 2013.

Judith continues to create a variety of works that draw on her experience, her love of nature and her quest for truth. Her work is represented in a variety of corporate and private collections in Canada, the United States, Hungary, Colombia and the United Kingdom.

Interests/Committees/Workshops

Judith Ingwersen has been and continues to be involved in a variety of community projects. She has been on the board of directors of the White Water Gallery, LíArche, the Manitou Womanís Event and Camp Norland. She participates in the Taoist Tai Chi Society, North Bay Ballroom Dancing Club and the North Bay Film Club. Judith enjoys travelling, hiking and downhill and cross country skiing with family and friends.

Art Medium

Judith's work includes installations, and she works with a wide variety of media including watercolour, acrylic, collage, pencil, clay and found objects. Her surfaces include canvas, wood, metal, paper, fabric, wooden doors, leather, glass and ceramic. Experimenting with media and using unconventional surfaces enhances her style.