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Her powerful story touched me deeply. As an art educator, I have students with Special Needs, and providing them with an authentic art experience is very important to me. Judith had Down’s Syndrome and was deaf. Her twin sister, Joyce, recounts the story of love, separation, reconnection, and artistic expression in their lives. After Judith was reconnected with her sister, she found a place that offered a studio for creative and artistic expressions:
Creative Growth Art Center serves adult artists with developmental, mental and physical disabilities, providing a professional studio environment for artistic development, gallery exhibition and representation and a social atmosphere among peers.
This is the place where her artistic expression flourished. Her fiber art pieces have been classified as “outsider art”, art produced by an individual who is self-taught and outside the formal artistic world. Judith’s work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Collection de l’Art Brut, Switzerland, The American Folk Art Museum, New York, the Museum of Everything, London. Most recently, from October 2014 through March 2015, The Brooklyn Museum, New York, exhibited the first comprehensive retrospective of her work.
I am so glad I got to find out about her story and see her work. It will impact my practice as an art educator: art is in the heart and soul of all mankind. Finding ways to let that creative expression blossom is the most gratifying work. Here are a few pictures I took when I saw the exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum.