Fiber artist Judith Scott (1943-2005) is renowned for her intricately wrapped sculptures that transform everyday found objects into cocoon-like, abstracted forms. Scott worked at the Creative Growth Art Center, Oakland, California, from 1987 until her death in 2005, where she developed her singular artistic voice. Delicately and carefully enveloping her chosen supports with layers of yarn, cloth and other fibers, Scott’s sculptures reveal a painstakingly caring and laborious process through which she engaged with and interpreted the world around her. The artist was extremely close to her twin sister, and many of her works feature pairs or variations on twin-like themes, perhaps drawing on an intimacy developed in the womb and through their lives.
Born with Down Syndrome, the artist lost her hearing early in life, and artmaking became her main method of communication and lasting legacy. Scott’s art was the subject of a major retrospective at the Brooklyn Museum, New York, held from October 2014 through March 2015, and her art is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the American Folk Art Museum, New York, and the Museum of Everything, London, among others.