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Judith Francisca Baca (born September 20, 1946) is an American Chicana artist, activist, and professor.
- They very often would let me paint, you know, instead of doing some of the other lessons, because I didn't speak English well enough. So I had a lot of painting. And I brought the paintings home with great pride, and my mother kept them for years, so I do know that I sort of…That was a place that I actually remember the smell of those materials and the texture of the surfaces and just, you know, kind of having this real visceral love of moving that color around -- which is, I think, you know, I still have that…
- On discovering her love for art in kindergarten in “Interview: ARCHIVES OF AMERICAN ART SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION - ORAL HISTORY INTERVIEW WITH JUDITH BACA IN VENICE, CALIFORNIA (AUGUST 5 & 6, 1986; INTERVIEWER: AMALIA MESA BAINS)
- That musical time is a way of like creating a rhythm within the piece. And it was an amazing experience for me to see how when lines, directional lines, went through forms -- how forms, if moved to fit within the ratio, to hit the points. Like in other words, if an arm flies out, it goes to the point. Suddenly there's this like visual kind of connection between the forms, and it fits like, clicks like pieces of a puzzle, right into place…
- On using Siqueiros' concept of the musical ratio in her work in “Interview: ARCHIVES OF AMERICAN ART SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION - ORAL HISTORY INTERVIEW WITH JUDITH BACA IN VENICE, CALIFORNIA (AUGUST 5 & 6, 1986; INTERVIEWER: AMALIA MESA BAINS)
- I was expanding the role of women in my own thoughts. I wanted to break all the rules. Women don’t build in massive scale, women don’t build monuments or make public art. Women play with dollhouses; they don’t make architectural statements, they don’t build Disney Hall. There is no financial backing for women to develop the agency of a Frank Gehry. Women will never have that power in my lifetime.
- On one of her aims in her artwork in “Learning Los Angeles: Judy Baca, Artist as Activist” in HuffPost (2014 Jun 6)
- For me, art could go where my family went, in neighborhoods where museums are as foreign as the moon, so that working and poor people who had a great appreciation of beauty could see the murals and live with them…
- On ensuring that her artwork in accessible to the community rather than the elite in “Learning Los Angeles: Judy Baca, Artist as Activist” in HuffPost (2014 Jun 6)