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Frustratingly little information on Judith Scott:
Judith Scott (born 1943), a fifty-five year old woman with Down's Syndrome, has spent the past ten years producing a series of totally non-functional objects which, to us, appear to be works of sculpture, except that the notion of sculpture is far beyond Judith's understanding.
Found that on (solipsis) //:phaneronoemikon. Further research (yeah, research: type Judith Scott into Google. Oooh, big research,) led me to some interesting stuff about Art Brut. Outsider Art. Something I should know about except that I shouldn't. Here's my own quick, not-though-out-first synopsis of what/why:
Outsider Art deals with art created outside the boundaries of the art world. Art not poisoned by theory. "Art Brut" sounds all fancy, so there's a funny contradiction. While artists might study art a lot, anyone doing this kind of stuff probably can't really be studying it. Of course things can't be that black and white. There are surely a lot of people creating things without regard for labels and without thinking about whether or not whatever they're doing is actually "Art."
Here's something about Outsider Art and Judith Scott, including at least one larger photo than what was linked above, called Brutal Beauty by John Perreault.
I'm interested in this from a number of angles:
That last is probably what the book (mentioned in the first link, and in a little more detail here,) is focused on. Of course it's presumptious of me to say that, as I've only read this little tiny bit of stuff. At any rate the middle thing is more important to me, and can lead me off in a million directions. Often does lead me off in a million directions. I come to the point of thinking about that from many places, and leave in many ways.
A reason to want to function outside art, to not want to study capital-A "Art" so much as to want to simply ingest things is exemplified in this quote from the Perreault article: "In other words, as the Dubuffet text implies, if Art Brut is art then it has to be judged as such. The same goes for every other artwork now under the Outsider Art umbrella."
Why is anything being judged?
(to be continued?)