Judit Rita Raboczky

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Every once in while an artist comes along who breaks the mould with something original to say, in an original way.

ARTZU first introduced Judit to the UK by providing artwork for international law firm Addleshaw Goddard's new landmark office at One, St.Peter’s Square with one of Judit’s acrobatic figures.

Hungarian Judit Rita Rabóczky has been making a stir in the sculpture world for over ten years since she presented her diploma work in 2006 and now KIDS, her latest exhibition which marks her UK exhibition debut will be shown at ARTZU. Her cut and welded sheets of metal carry a brutal, expressive power, not concealing the nature of their material.

Rabóczky's KIDS are the latest progression in over a decades development which began when she was inspired to create a group of statues by the fluttering and weeping cherubim seen in the Giotto fresco. She fashioned those small, ethereal figures out of hard pyrogranite and iron, these pieces started her attraction to classical formal lines which became a defining feature of her work.

KIDS were first conceived over two years ago when Rabóczky broke away from her earlier decorative portrayal of female forms and turned to the brutal power of cut and welded sheets, full of energy and mischief. Although inspired by the sort of weeping cherubim seen in the Giotto fresco these urchins aren’t angelic, they're wicked scamps born in scrap heap and more suited to a horror movie than a chapel service.

Rabóczky's 'Amour Kids' as she refers to them are a physical projection of her personal subconscious (she used her own form as a child to base their structure on) They are a progression of her earlier wire based work, a combination of various techniques she has used in the past, the line, the wire and now using a plate structure to give form and personality to the pieces.
Making her artwork has been – and continues to be – a constant struggle. The media she works in metal/steel is physically very demanding, yet this slight and excitable figure defies her stature in creating works of exceptional originality and power.