Monday, January 5, 2015

"Judith Scott: Bound and Unbound" at the Brooklyn Museum

The work of Judith Scott, on display at the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum, should intrigue anyone interested in contemporary sculpture. Scott encased found objects with string, rope, yarn and more fabrics for hours, weaving until her fingers bled. She had Down syndrome, was deaf and never spoke, and after over three decades in an institution, her sister brought her to the Creative Growth Arts Center in Oakland, California, which provides an outlet for artists with developmental and physical disabilities. While we can't know what the sculptures meant to Scott, her enigmatic work suggests totems or ritual objects. They can be enjoyed for their originality, shapes, vivid colors and textures. They also demonstrate the wellsprings of creativity that can be found in the art of the "outsider" and the marginalized. Watch the following BBC documentary on the work of Judith Scott:

“Judith Scott: Bound and Unbound” continues through March 29 at the Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY, (718) 638-5000,

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