Judy Bales, Unhindered Spirit: Embracing Imperfection

Judy Bales, Unhindered Spirit: Embracing Imperfection

Leland Gallery is proud to present Unhindered Spirit: Embracing Imperfection by Iowa Fiber Artist, Judy Bales.

Exhibition: Jan. 13 - Feb. 14, 2020
Fashion Show and Gallery Reception: Thursday, Jan. 16, 5 - 8 p.m.
Fashion Show in Magnolia Ballroom: 5 - 5:45 p.m.
Artist and Curators’ Talk in Leland Gallery: 6:15 - 8 p.m.

Unhindered Spirit: Embracing Imperfection, presents the work of artist Judy Bales. Bales works with recycled and salvaged materials, exploring different ways to give them new life by modifying their intended purpose. The artworks at first glance do not appear to be inherently industrial, and their contrasting textures alludes to their ambiguity. Using improvisational techniques as she works, Bales creates unique environments and elicits the imperfections or little surprises that can also be seen in the natural world. When recently interviewed about the future of her field, Bales stated, “The dominant thing I observe happening in the world of fiber and recycled materials is the cross-pollination of all disciplines and the blurring of edges between what used to be clearly defined mediums [...] I think it is still important that the different traditions of cultures are respected and cherished even while they are influencing and integrating with one another.”

Judy Bales has over 30 years’ experience as an artist in multiple fields, including fiber art, fashion, and sculpture. She received her BFA in painting in 1975 and her MFA in fiber art in 1983, both from the University of Georgia. Bales is inspired by improvisational African American quilts and she has published papers and presented at conferences on the subject. Bales’ work has been extensively exhibited in the United States as well as in Canada and New Zealand. Bales resides in Iowa where she continues to create with recycled materials and improvisational techniques in her studio.

This exhibition is curated by Georgia College senior Art majors Grace Callaway and Sophie Daniel in fulfillment of their Museum Studies Capstone thesis project. This event is free and open to the public

Updated: 2020-03-06
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