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'Peaceful Elements'
from the Weston Town Crier
Sanders has come to understand that nature with its flowing reactions and beautiful molecules, and art with its flowing forms and rainbow colors are really two threads leading to the same center of vibrancy and transformation. Images of expansiveness are always her focus, as she works to create pieces that convey joy, peacefulness, and possibility.


Scene and Herd: Artist focuses her art on the sciences
by Martha Crosier Wood
She works in bold chromatic colors. "I like colors that move. I love vibrant, vivid colors. They give a visual expanse of colors…I like to work on both canvas and paper. The white of the paper really brings out the color," Sanders went on. "I love pattern, but a dynamic type of pattern."


Spirituality meets biochemistry by Cheryl Rezendes Rulewich
One fine day, Judith Ellen Sanders was sitting in a science class at the University of Massachusetts, preparing for her masters degree in nutrition, when her other life as a visual artist changed forever...Her professor had just drawn a biochemical pathway on the blackboard...She found it to be nothing short of stunning…


Sanders' work of overlapping forms blossoms into art by Nina Bander
The late physicist David Bohm believed that the creative process of both the scientist and the artist were very similar. In his book called "On Creativity", Bohm states that " scientist nor artist is really satisfied to regard beauty as that which tickles one's fancy. Rather, in both fields structures are somehow evaluated, consciously or unconsciously, by whether they are true to themselves, and are accepted or rejected on this basis so the artist really needs a scientific attitude to his work, as the scientist must have an artistic attitude to his." This beauty appears in both fields when an artist or scientist clicks into a solution or theorem that somehow assimilates into a dynamic and creative totality. This is the sensibility inspiring Amherst artist Judith Ellen Sanders, a painter whose designs describe the elegance of scientific and artistic thought. Sanders began to link the two processes together while pursuing a master degree in biochemistry at University of Massachusetts…


Sanders' Paintings are Complex by Bonnie Wells
The day after Judith Ellen Sanders of Pelham earned a master's degree in science from the University of Massachusetts, she went out and got herself an art studio and began painting full time. "In this tiny cell, there are these worlds, one thing turning into another," Sanders says, bending over a biochemistry book in her Amherst studio. "That's what I want to convey in my work, all this transformation. Science made me want to go into the studio and translate that sense of expansiveness on canvas."


Flow charts - Judith Sanders's moving paintings by Leon Nigrosh
Viewing Judith Sanders's paintings is like revisiting that Oscar- winning sci-fi picture "Fantastic Voyage," in which a medical team is reduced to microscopic size and injected into a human body. No, the walls are not covered with pictures of Stephen Boyd and Raquel Welch, but each painting does owe a strong allegiance to the microbes, erythrocytes, ganglia, and other biological formations that played a major role in the movie.The natural marvels of biology are, in fact, the basis of Sanders's works...


Sweet Science - Judith Ellen Sanders: a biologist's training, an artist's eye by Lisa Gallay
One has the sensation of watching a sensitive scientific mind grapple with and respond to the mystery and wonder of the natural world, to the part of biology that doesn't yield its secrets to the scientific method. It's as if in painting an interior landscape (or seascape, as it so often seems in these pieces), Sanders is replaying the parts of her scientific study that science itself could not describe: the grandeur and mystical energy of growing life forms, the elegant shapes of creatures and plants, the way they retain their elegance and their curiously visible power and vitality at the microscopic level. Sanders' work represents a visual expression of both the questions that remain where science leaves off and of the images that haunt a sensitive consciousness. It is precisely this sort of haunting that lies behind most interdisciplinary work. When one language (or discipline) won't do, try two.


Judith Ellen Sanders interview by Melissa Goldberg
Judith Ellen Sanders' work is full of vibrant colors and images that captivate the viewer. Lines, curves, circles, and colors weave together to form patterns that invite the imagination to speculate how the artist could have painted such intricate, hypnotizing works of art.
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