• Andy Whysall

Judith Roche-Chadane

The Pre-Raphaelite artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti took to wearing two pairs of glasses at a time to help ease his eye strain. It is said each pair had different coloured lenses. Yeah baby, yeah.

The French sculptor and artist Judith Roche-Chadane often wears three pairs of glasses, reading glasses all with the same +1 prescription and looks through one, two or three pairs depending how close she is working to the job in hand. Her work is often delightful, some of it epic in bronze, most more manageable. Much of it reflects aspects of dance. Her small atelier-gallery in Honfleur is busily stocked, for want of a better word. I say that because while the work is for sale it is hard to call it stock; she is clearly emotionally attached to it and struggles to decide on prices.

Judith was trained a a sculptor in Paris and New York; as a child of Spanish parents in Morocco in what I take to have been the later 1940s and early '50s she was trained in flamenco. She is keen to talk about art, the universe and everything.

In her atelier she offers glasses of fizz. We drink and chat. I ask if I can photograph her. In the space of a quarter of an hour I take 50 photographs. She moves her head a lot, I have the ISO set to 200 and the lens wide open at 1.4. The shutter speed is still down at 1/20th, despite a desk lamp shining on her from my left. So some of the images have movement blur...and that doesn't matter one bit, because it just underlines the zest for life and art and good humour of Judith Roche-Chadane.

Post-production is still under way on the JRC pictures (late Aug 2019). Look out for a gallery on the website.