Judith departs

17 Sep

Robert Darabos, “Judith after the Murder of Holofernes,” 2009, printmaking on paper, 14 x 11 in,

Sometimes I look at an artist’s oeuvre and I understand immediately why he/she elected Judith as a subject.   Her story is about the Bible, mythology, antiquity, women, power, seduction, victory, murder.   Usually, the artist has similar subject matter on at least one of those themes.

But when I look at Darabos’ portfolio, I don’t get it.  Judith is a great black and white (and red) print but … it is unlike anything else he has produced.  Darabos has a very nice Rothko vibe going, so what gives?  Where does Judith fit in?

I am sensing a class assignment.


Posted by on September 17, 2012 in Gory


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2 responses to “Judith departs

  1. Suzanne

    September 17, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    Maybe it’s about creative expression. Sometimes an artist will be motivated to explore new styles and mediums simply because that medium is a better vehicle for expressing a particular emotion or sentiment. Maybe the Judith woodcut is a response to an intensely private experience or emotion for the artist. A ‘one off’ feeling.

    • judith2you

      September 18, 2012 at 4:30 am

      Suzanne, Thanks for your thoughts on this woodcut. I would have to look at the dates for the artworks, but I realize the dissimilarity may be an exploration of styles and media that has evolved over time. However, I do like your insight into the private experience of the artist. Just because someone excels with “red acrylic abstractions” does not mean they should be limited to that means of expression – or what is the point of artistic freedom?


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