Woodborne is a printmaker/painter who was awarded her Master of Fine Arts Degree with Distinction from UCT in 1993. She currently runs her own printmaking studio, Intagliostudio in Cape Town.
Woodborne completed residencies at the Grafische Werkstatt im Traklhaus (Austria). She also took part in several collaborative printmaking portfolios with: artist/curator Jan Jordaan – working on the Break the Silence HIV Campaign; Playing Card Portfolio curated by Veerle Rooms, Belgium; and the Body Politic portfolio in collaboration with Prof. Teresa Cole, Tulane University, USA.
Woodborne was selected as the ABSA Klein Karoo Kunstefees Festival Artist in 2007 where she produced a body of paintings entitled The Garden of Eden. In 2009 she curated and published a portfolio of 16 etchings titled The Exquisite Corpse, selected for the Klein Karoo Kunstefees. She has participated in many International Print Biennales and her work is represented in numerous International Public Collections and Museums. She was invited to present an exhibition titled “Alternative Histories” at the Salzburg Festival, held at the Hohensalzburg Castle in 2015. Her most recent solo exhibition held at Lizamore Gallery in 2018, showed a selection of experimental print constructions – these were titled “The Anatomy of the World” series.
She was a guest curator for the Woordfees 2018 & 2019, from which she published the print portfolios Endless Horizon and Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow.
Judy Woodborne’s work is inspired by creation mythologies of diverse cultures combined with an interest in natural science and the nature of matter. Hayden Proud (Curator at Iziko Museum, Cape own, S.A) has described her work as “symbolist”, implying that the creative process she employs comprises many layers.
The works on this exhibition are all part of a series entitled Imaginarium, where the artist allowed herself to play with images in a collage process, without considering any particular narrative other than happenchance and the eye of the artist.