Judith Hoyt

Tree Visit

New Paltz, NY
Found metal, plywood, oil paint

"I have been making work with found metal, paper collage and collage with encaustic wax for thirty years. My interest in art began at age fifteen and led me to college, where I studied printmaking. After settling in New Paltz and raising my family, I began working with metal. I returned to college to study metalsmithing and later discovered encaustics. Adding this new tool to my work, I began working with collaged sculpture using found metals. Tree Visit is about human contact with nature. The bottle is a way to preserve things, and I have used it here to convey and contain this notion. I like using the figure in my work because we are all figures. This fact immediately gives us a way to relate to the work. The found metal used in my work has a past history, which is then absorbed and adds new richness." Judith Hoyt obtained a BFA in printmaking from the State University of New York at New Paltz, with further studies in metals. She has received fellowships and awards for her work, which has been published in numerous books and catalogs featuring found art, such as Found Objects by Dorothy Spencer. Her work has been featured in many exhibitions focusing on recycled content and is in the permanent collection at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.