donderdag 16 september 2010
Judith Scott (1943-2005) was a powerful visual artist,
who was isolated from outside influences through
the combined impact of deafness and Down Syndrome.
Very independent and self-directed,
she was endlessly creative and never repeated a form or color scheme.
Crafting armatures of bamboo slats or other discarded materials,
she wrapped these forms with lengths of knotted cloth or yarn.
Judith was introduced to fiber art in 1987 at Creative Growth Art Center,
and produced a remarkable body of wrapped sculptures.
Roger Cardinal and John MacGregor, internationally known scholars
and experts in the field, have both designated Judith an exceptional “outsider artist”
as her sculptures reflect little cultural input and are highly individualistic,
reflecting Judith’s own unique personal vision.
Many will argue that Judith Scott should be viewed simply as an exceptional artist.
That she was also disabled, while making her story all the more remarkable,
has little bearing on her art itself.