Judith Content (b. 1957) uses inspiration from nature and a Japanese resist dye technique, arashi shibori, to create glorious abstract wall quilts in her Palo Alto, CA studio. Content dyes then composes fabric into an abstract kimono form and uses her sewing machine as a drawing tool to achieve an evanescent visual haiku that communicates to viewers both emotionally and intellectually. These Art Quilts, made to be viewed on walls rather than placed on beds, expand both the definition of the quilt and its place in the art world.
Content’s work is inspired by the interplay of light and shadow that occurs within natural landscapes, exploring the essence of an image, memory, or moment in time. Relying on intuition and experience, she dyes, pieces, quilts and applies appliqué, to achieve a perfect haiku that draws upon the audience’s memories and experiences upon viewing the finished piece.
Her works have 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, CA, Museum of Arts and Design, NY, San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, CA, International Shibori Collection, Japan. She has served as president of Studio Art Quilt Associates (SAQA), where she established their exhibition program. Evanescence, Judith Content Solo Exhibition will run from 7/6 – 8/24/2019 at Tansey Contemporary, Denver, CO.
Photos by James Dewrance