Judith & Joyce
For our semester-long assignment, I’ve chosen to base my work off of contemporary artist with Down Syndrome, Judith Scott and her textile sculptures. Through experimentation, I explored the interactions between paint textures, expressive line work, and brushstrokes to create shapes, all in the goal of depicting Judith’s early separation and reunion later in her life with her twin sister, Joyce. Through my piece, I sought to express the unbreakable bonds of a sibling relationships through the process of connecting my paintings elements, namely the twin fetuses representing the twin sisters, by paint piping in long strands to create the biological fibres of the babies, and by string weaving and needle poking to connect their umbilical cords in a spiral shape. Using Judith’s sculptures as inspiration, I focused on the process and experience of representing fibre textures in a paint medium (as well as using actual string), echoing her art’s forms and colours.