Artist Betsy Bradley discusses her exhibition, Chasing Rainbows, with art critic Hettie Judah. Together they consider the physical work involved in Bradley’s practice – including the crafting of wooden tools and stretching of delicate fabrics – leading to liberating, painterly gestures; and how painting is a site of play for a new generation of women artists.
Hettie Judah is a senior art critic on The i, and contributor to Frieze, The Guardian, Vogue, The New York Times, Art Quarterly, Art Monthly, ArtReview and others. Recent essays have appeared in a new monograph on the John Moores Prize-winning painter Jacqui Hallum (Anomie, 2021), Procreate Project’s publication celebrating the Mother Art Prize, the Freelands Foundation’s report on the Representation of Female Artists in Britain During 2019, and in A Woman’s Work, on the video work of Katrina Neiburga. Books include Art London (ACC Art Books, 2019), Frida Kahlo (Laurence King, 2020) and Caroline Walker: Janet (Anomie, 2020). Lapidarium, her book on stones and storytelling, will be published by John Murray this autumn. Hettie is currently working on a book on art and motherhood, among other projects.