Alexander Heights painter heads to Russia for artist residency

Artist Judy Rogers of Alexander Heights. Photo: Matt Jelonek
Artist Judy Rogers of Alexander Heights. Photo: Matt Jelonek

ARTIST Judy Rogers is taking a month-long artist residency in St Petersburg, beginning in mid-August.

The Alexander Heights painter had a successful residency in Budapest in 2016 with her solo exhibition, ‘Out of the Suitcase’.

She is now taking the exhibition to Russia.

Born in Budapest, Ms Rogers moved to WA in 1995.

She presented the exhibit, which explores the idea of ‘home’, around WA in the Collie Art Gallery in 2016, Mandurah Performing Art Centre in 2017 and York’s Gallery 152 in 2018.

“Today’s internet and digital communication still do not make up for personal contacts and showing actual work,” Ms Rogers said.

“Studying historical and contemporary artworks in the flesh, visit exhibitions, concerts and other cultural happenings.”

Ms Rogers will be painting portraits of Russians once she arrives, to be shown at the exhibition.

She described the gallery in St Petersburg as “a monument of victory of free culture over conformist Soviet ideology.”.

She is also one of four WA artists who will represent Australia in Bangladesh at in the 18th Asian Art Biennale.