Judy Darragh is renowned for her brightly coloured sculptural assemblages that wittily use found objects, recycled items, industrial materials, collage, photography and video. Collecting is an integral part of Darragh’s work as she investigates the relationship between objects and their surroundings, providing fresh significance for discarded items from our consumerist culture. Her latest works employ colourless materials – clear silicone and prisms – to point to the possibility of colour appearing through light.
Darragh has exhibited widely in New Zealand. Her works are held in several major collections including Auckland City Art Gallery and Govett Brewster in New Plymouth. In 2004 the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa featured a major retrospective of her work curated by Natasha Conland and entitled Judy Darragh: So … you made it?’ Her recent exhibitions include in 2010 Party, Walsall Art Gallery, London, Throw Up, Tauranga Art Gallery and Studio of Exhaustion, Physics Room, Christchurch: 2012 Sci Fi, Waikato University Gallery and Stainless, Dowse Art Museum; 2013 Pinewood Bend, Blue Oyster, Dunedin. An installation entitled Limbo, is currently hanging from the Kauri canopy of the North Atrium at the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki and she recently published an artist’s book, I See Art Everywhere, 2014.