Born and raised in Miami, Judi Harvest lives and works in New York City and Venice, Italy. Harvest creates sculptures, paintings, videos and installations inspired by the fragility of life and search for beauty. She believes there is no difference between art and life. She has a MFA in painting having studied at Tyler School of Art in Rome, Italy, the School of Visual Arts, New York and Urbino, Italy, New York Studio School and the Art Student’s League. She lived and worked in Venice, Italy from 1987-92 where she studied glass making in Murano. This fascination continues as her work is most inspired by process. She is beekeeper and has 4 healthy beehives in Murano and 6 on the roof top of her studio in Chelsea along with the New York City Beekeepers Association. Since 2006, after hearing about Colony Collapse Disorder and the serious disappearance of honeybees, her work has been focused on bringing awareness and saving the endangered honeybees and Murano glass masters. Her recent exhibition during the 2013 Venice Biennale was titled “Denatured: Honeybees + Murano”. The pieces she created for Grey Area were conceived at this exhibition.