Evanescence, Judith Content Solo Exhibition
Jul 6, 2019 - Aug 24, 2019
Tansey Contemporary proudly presents Evanescence, Judith Content Solo Exhibition, curated by and previously on view at the San José Museum of Quilts & Textiles, on view in Denver July 6 through August 24, 2019. Evanescence features a selection of textile works and a ceramic installation by Palo Alto, California artist Judith Content. Known for her use of discharge dyeing and shibori dyeing technique, Content’s work references the natural landscape with painterly movement to explore place and memory.
Inspired by various elements of Japanese culture—haiku poetry, wagashi confections, and kimonos—Content creates her textile works using complex arashi and itajime shibori dyeing techniques on silk, her preferred material. A master of shibori techniques, Content has spent four decades mastering its variations. Content’s compositions also evoke a Japanese aesthetic.
She looks to the natural world in its myriad forms: inlets, coastal marshes, fog, majestic mountainscapes, desert canyons, an expanse of sky. Content’s abstract interpretations provide space for the viewer to form their own relationship with each artwork. While her background in watercolor surfaces in her bold, painterly use of color and line. She aspires to create subtle visual tension by intersecting dynamic and harmonious elements in each work.
Content’s art has been exhibited nationally and internationally; numerous institutions hold her work in their permanent collections including the de Young Museum, Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, Museum of Arts and Design, San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, International Shibori Collection, and the State of New Mexico’s public art collection. She has served as juror for Quilt National and Quilt Visions and as president of Studio Art Quilt Associates where she established the exhibition program.