Judy Rushin-Knopf

Everything I make emerges from the anatomy of a painting: stretcher, canvas, pigment. This is the foundation on which I built my studio practice years ago as a painter who found more meaning in materials than pictures. Working within this framework has allowed my process to be open-ended, provisional, indeterminate, and often eccentric, breaching the conventional infrastructure of “Art” both formally and institutionally. Several years ago, when illness befell my partner of 35 years, I began making textile works, equating them to loose canvas, and further, to the languishing d/evolution of physical integrity. These sculptural wall-hangings turn to clothing to explore the expression/flattening of identity and to suggest that as the physicality of a being transforms, so does their psychic nature. I exhibit my paintings, sculptures, and textiles in museums and galleries across the US. Recent exhibitions include The Ringling Museum of Art, The Orlando Museum of Art, Alexander Brest Museum, Whitespace Gallery (Atlanta), Unrequited Leisure (Nashville), C For Courtside (Knoxville), University of Pittsburgh, Terrain Projects (Chicago), and Flashpoint Gallery (DC). My multiples projects vvvvv and Comma are in eleven private collections including Vanderbilt University, University of Wisconsin, MassArt, University of Pittsburgh, University of Southern California, Cal Poly University. My artwork has been featured in Burnaway, Modern Art Notes, The Washington Post, and I've completed residencies at MASS MoCA, VCCA, and Hambidge.