Deedra Ludwig was born in Chicago; has lived in Atlanta, New York City, Brighton, UK; and currently resides in New Orleans. She was a founding member of Eye Level Acme Studios in Brighton, UK and has participated in numerous artist-in-residence programs, including US National Parks, the Sitka Center, the Cooper Union, the Hambidge Center & A Studio In The Woods. Awards include a Fulbright fellowship, a Fulton County Atlanta arts award, and a UK Arts Council grant. She received a BFA from New York University and studied art history at the University of Sussex. Her works are held at Emory University, Swedish Medical Center, Tokai International, Hartsfield Jackson International Airport, National Parks Museum, Federal Reserve Bank, Miami Dade International Airport, Everglades National Park, Art In Embassies International, US Department Of Ecology, Ritz Carlton International Hotels and other public and private collections.
Solo and group exhibitions span a 25 year career including The Atlanta Biennial, The Red Clay Survey, The New Orleans Museum Of Art, The Mattress Factory Atlanta, Centrum Arts Washington state, Everglades National Park and other curated exhibitions.
Rather than re-creating a literal landscape on canvas or paper, I aim to express its essence in a rich and complex form of delicately painted organic subjects that float and trail across the surface. Fragmentary plant forms drift within color fields, at times receding into pool-like depths, and at others buoyed by surrounding luminescence that seems to rise out of the color and project beyond the surface.