Judy Backhouse

Artist (Portugal)
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I am an artist working from my home studio in Porto, the beautiful port city in the North of Portugal. My art explores how to represent abstract and complex concepts using colour and shape. I am interested in the limits of visual language, particularly in the expression of abstract and complex concepts like love, connectedness and energy. I trained as a mathematician, which is essentially an aesthetic discipline and requires being able to picture abstract concepts. Mathematicians think in diagrams that abstract out the essence of complex concepts into spatial forms. I am synesthetic and I experience colour as tactile. Feelings and physical sensations are coloured in my world. I use this sense to relate colour to shapes, texture and emotions. I work on themes that bring structure to my practice and allow me to explore specific shapes, concepts and media in depth. Recent themes include Mandalas, Lockdown Faces and Trees.