The Caribbee Club: “Future Tense” by Judith Berk King
Artist Judith Berk King shares her imagined future with artworks in different mediums, envisioning a world where many of our familiar species have vanished, and strange, hybrid creatures with unique survival mechanisms inherit the planet.
“As an artist, I focus on the creation and display of curious zoological and botanical structures. Many of the creatures exist in a far distant future, one shaped by environmental changes as well as modifications made deliberately by man. The style of the work may be contemporary or recall the work of scientific illustrators of the past, transcending time. Through re-imagination and distortion, I invite the viewer to examine and interpret the ambiguous and sometimes disquieting forms that inhabit these works.”
King studied fine art at Kensington and Chelsea College in London, England, and received her MFA from Miami International University of Art & Design. Her drawing and ceramic work has been published in books and periodicals, and has been exhibited in London, New York, Los Angeles and China, as well as a number of other national and international venues. King has been the recipient of grants from the State of Florida and Miami-Dade County. She is currently faculty at Miami International University of Art & Design.
*The name Caribbee Club derives from Coral Gables’ founder, George Merrick’s fishing resort called the Caribbee Colony, in Matecumbe Key – the business venture he launched after he was forced out of his beloved city in the late 1920s. This project aims at supporting the artistic vision of our local creatives who keep alive important cultural elements of the city and its surroundings; one of the Museum’s main priorities. Local artists working with local themes are usually on display at the Frank Lynn Gallery for two months. Original works and prints by participating artists are often available for purchase in the Gift Shop.