Judith Kepner Rose has studied ceramics and sculpture at Art New England with Ann Agee, Sally B Moore, and Joyce Kozloff, and at the National Academy School of Fine Art with Maurizio Pellegrin.
Rose is well known in the Hudson Valley for her rabbits. In 2015 her person-sized cement rabbit was a landmark on Beacon’s Main Street as part of Beacon 3D. Her smaller works have been shown nationally in galleries in Chicago, Denver and Tucson. In 2016, one of her works will be included in “Menagerie” at the Baltimore Clayworks.
For many years I have been fascinated by African, primitive and outsider art traditions. I am especially drawn to the anthropomorphic creatures whose eyes peer out, or heads tilt, pondering things unknown. I was a potter at one time, making mugs and bowls, but after a visit to Howard Finster’s Paradise Gardens, I knew I had to start making my own creatures. Many rabbits have come forth since, multiplying in wire, in ceramic, in cement. Birds fly in and out, but the rabbits always return. Some of my four footed friends are of the traditional garden variety. They love just sitting under the roses. Others climb on rocks or pose in unrabbit-like ways. Currently I am enjoying bringing to life the old folktales where rabbits have horns, fly in boats, and race turtles.