“American Season: Wyandanch” (2018) by Mary Judge has been installed in the pedestrian overpass at Wyandanch Station; Judge also designed the terrazzo floor, “American Season: Terra Firma” (2018), in the station house.
“American Season” is a meditation on seasonal changes, living in harmony with nature and each other, and societal changes that come with the passing of time. Judge’s work is in three parts that can be seen from multiple perspectives, including from the approaching train, walking through the Wyandanch station house, along the overpass and from the platform below.
Rich colors radiate and envelop viewers passing through “American Season: Wyandanch” in the station overpass bridge. The bold lines recall the flare of approaching train headlights, or the acceleration and deceleration of a train. The symbolic expansion and contraction is punctuated with stylized flower beacons that are rendered in the style of a homemade sewing sampler. The recurring motif expresses the marriage of place, nature, and the technology of train travel.
Judge’s patterns and palette draw from a variety of sources including Native American residents of the past, textiles from global communities of the present and the American Craftsman design style of the station house design. Fabricated by Mayer of Munich, Judge’s watercolor drawings were translated into hand-painted and printed laminated glass panels for windows in the overpass. The artwork reflects the station’s unique geometric architectural features. Concentric circles and lines intersect the design, suggesting the way travelers move through space, anchored by the flower beacon seen in each artwork location, connecting the three distinct parts.
Mary Judge is known for her works on paper and sculpture in cast concrete and painting in tempera acrylic. She was raised in rural New Jersey and attended Moore College of Art in Philadelphia, (BFA), Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Maine, and Tyler School of Art (MFA), graduating from the Rome campus. Her works are included in the collections of The Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Fogg Art Museum, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, The British Museum and The Victoria and Albert Museum and the Museo d’Arte Contemporanea di Cassino, Italy.
For more information, please visit the Wyandanch Station Enhancement project page on AModernLI.com – //www.amodernli.com/project/wyandanch-station-enhancement/.