My name is Jude Palace, and I am a Canadian digital artist. My practice involves a therapeutic approach to each piece, using complex personal experiences and thoughts blended into a saturated and nostalgic environment.
In late 2019 I was diagnosed with generalized epilepsy after experiencing my first grand mal seizure. This was a result of a year of declining mental and physical health, and though epilepsy runs in my father’s side of my family, it was seemingly not an issue for me until then. Without the aid of medication, I continue to experience seizures caused by stress, insomnia, or malnutrition.
Invisible disabilities such as epilepsy are often overlooked, as many believe that what cannot be seen cannot qualify as a disability. With my work I hope to achieve some understanding between artwork and the viewer, using a heavily detailed and continuative universe to guide them from a firsthand perspective.
I Do Not Make Art for Anyone, I Make Art for You is a collection of digital drawings by Canadian artist Jude Palace. While each piece has its own individual narrative, the collection features several smaller series, each one taking place in an unidentified and nonlinear timeline.
In 2019, Palace had begun experimenting with contemporary and symbolic themes in his artwork, taking inspiration from events in his personal life. He continues to use his artwork as a therapeutic outlet – however, at the time he had struggled with a panic disorder, anorexia, and depression. As a result of this, he began experiencing seizures and was diagnosed with generalized epilepsy.
The goal of this collection is to pass on complex feelings from artist to viewer – not for the sake of empathy, but communication. Palace often references his own artwork to facilitate a dialogue that questions the genuine nature of the artwork, using a vibrant and eclectic style as a diversion to create a false sense of comfort.