Judi Bommarito is a Detroit based conceptual visual storyteller and fine art photographer. She has been an adjunct instructor at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, since 1999, where she also earned her BFA.
Her work has been shown and has received numerous awards both nationally and internationally. Her documentary series entitled, The SPACE Between The Cracks, poignantly addresses her mother’s struggle with mental illness and ultimately reveals the universal longing for love and acceptance. This series was featured in a solo exhibition and was included in two group shows entitled "Nature/Nurture" at the Salisbury University Art Galleries and “Here Today” at the Center for Photography at Woodstock. This series has been the recipient of numerous awards, most notably, 2012 Grand Prize recognition by juror and American photographer, Mary Ellen Mark.
A selection of images from the series Concealed Reality were included in the international exhibition Immigrantopolis, shown and curated by the Department of Sociology of Culture Pedagogical University of Krakow, Poland. Additionally, images from the aforementioned series were also featured in the Harvard Graduate School of Design - Future of the American City exhibition.
Judi’s most recent project, Releasing Jacqueline, offers to lead the viewer on an audio-visual journey that confronts and ultimately reveals the discovery of her voice. Drawing upon a minimalist style for inspiration, each piece is loaded with metaphors and symbols to tell her story. The result is a universal contemplation and interpretation. Implementing visual imagery, audio and augmented reality, it is her intent to invite her audience to discover their own voice, as they accompany her on this journey to self love and empowerment.
Judi’s work contests the divisions between imagery and experience. Using layering and moving between the translucent and opaque, her photographs draw on experiences of loss and abandonment to confront the nuances of memory. Observing the shifts on perception that occur between moments in time and how they are received, Judi creates these moments of reflection to offer hope and light to others.