New Bedford, MA
Born in Fall River, MA Judith James created works that explored the topographies of the American heartland and improvised on the patternings that human industry plowed into the earth’s surface. “I am interested in notions of place and how human beings become intimate with the places they occupy,” she wrote.
After receiving her master’s degree in 2000 she maintained a studio in Lincoln and over the next seven years created a distinctive body of work that explored a range of textile discharge techniques derived from diverse cultural traditions. A diagnosis of younger onset Alzheimer’s disease halted her studio practice in 2010, and she died in August 2015.
IN TOUCH: The Expressive Magic of Judith James is an exhibition that showcases James’ prolific years leading up to her death. The exhibit not only houses seventeen of James’ masterful fiber works but also objects, materials and personal collections from Judith James’ studio. IN TOUCH brings the work of the South Coast artist home and offers an intimate look into how well the artist applied her unique sensibility to everything she touched.
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website