Contaminated Water Series
This is a series of abstract contemporary textile art started in 2010 exploring the subject of contaminated water and environmental art. Textile artist Jean M. Judd is continuing the development of this series over the next few years and it will be available for gallery exhibitions as a whole, provided the individual pieces are still available for exhibition. Scroll down to see the latest artwork.
First art quilt in the series: Contaminated Water. Note the partial image of a dead floating fish in the top center edge of the artwork. The concentrated circles hand stitched into the artwork, are the swirls made from tossing rocks into the water.
Contaminated Water #1 - (c) 2010 - Hand Stitched Thread on Hand Dyed Textile - 20"x 42.25" (51 x 107cm) - $3,300
With Contaminated Water #2 (below), I began letting the textile artworks flow organically. No more forcing them to be perfect squares or rectangles. I let them form into the shapes they want to be naturally. This has become another part of my artistic signature along with what I already incorporate into my work: rust pigmentation, freeform dyeing and dense, textural hand stitching. Several more developing series I am currently working on in the studio also incorporate this organic shape quality.
This is the second piece in this new series. My hand dyed fabric has had rust pigmentation applied. The piece is heavily hand stitched in a circular format similar to the first piece in this series. It has an irregular finish on the bottom edge as shown in the image. Detail Image Back Image Vertical Orientation Acquire
Contaminated Water #2 (Pond Scum) - (c) 2010 - Hand Stitched Thread on Hand Dyed Textile - 15"x 42" (38 x 107cm) - $3,200
This is the next piece in the Contaminated Water series. This hand dyed artwork also has rust pigmentation applied to it prior to the dense hand stitching done in both a circular design as well a triangular design between the spirals. This piece also has an irregular edge finish on the bottom and is designed to be displayed in either a horizontal or vertical orientation.
Contaminated Water #3 (Sludge) - (c) 2010 - Hand Stitched Thread on Hand Dyed Textile - 15"x 42" (38 x 107cm) - $3,700
To see an image of Contaminated Water #3 in a vertical orientation, please click the link. For a detail image of the physical texture created by the intricate hand stitching, you may open this detail link and this link as well. A visual of the back of the artwork showing the incorporated hanging tabs, can be seen here. Acquire
Contaminated Water #4: Through the Fence was inspired by a trip to the Bisbee, Arizona several years ago to view the Queen Copper Mine. Viewing the copper streaked water through the security fence from the shoulder of the road was just another reminder for me of the different colors that water can be. Lots of water is naturally copper in color due to the mineral content of the area. Heavy iron deposits and copper deposits give the water a brown, dirty look and easily can stain clothes as well as skin.
Contaminated Water #4: Through the Fence - (c) 2010-2012 - Hand Stitched Thread on Hand Dyed Textile - 42"x39.5" (107x100cm) - $9,500
This is piece is a continuation of the Contaminated Water series. Rust pigmentation on hand dyed fabric sets the tone of the textile artwork. The visual and physical texture created by the dense hand stitching used to create the overall design really makes the piece pop and adds dimension as well as movement to the piece.
Contaminated Water #5: Mutated Sand Dollars, Rusted Fish - (c) 2010-2012 - Hand Stitched Thread on Hand Dyed Textile -41.75”x47.25” (105x120cm) - $10,000
Contaminated Water #6: Suspended Particles continues with the whole cloth tradition that is hand dyed and then rust pigmentation has been added. Detail images show the stitching and rust pigmentation more clearly in a closeup format.
Contaminated Water #6: Suspended Particles - (c) 2010-2011 - Hand Stitched Thread on Hand Dyed Textile -42.5"x43.25" (107x109cm) - $7,800
This is the seventh piece in the Contaminated Water series of textile artworks. Rust pigmentation was applied to a hand dyed whole cloth textile. Scientific iron filings were used to create the mutated lily pads. A process photo can be seen here showing how the design was created.
Contaminated Water #7: Lily Pads - (c) 2011-2013 - Hand Stitched Thread on Hand Dyed Textile - 26" x 41.75" (66x107cm) - $7,000 **Currently on loan to US Embassy in Lima,
The Contaminated Water series continues with this piece, #8, which is delving into the changes that can happen to the aquatic animals in our water systems. Biologists have discovered mutations in frogs and fish so why not for the water spider as well. Rust pigmentation was used to create the design using scientific iron filings on hand dyed fabric. Dense hand stitching in a circular pattern going both clock-wise and counter clock-wise give dimension and movement to the artwork as well as physical texture.
Contaminated Water #8: Water Spider - (c) 2011-2013 - Hand Stitched Thread on Hand Dyed Textile - 28.25"x 41.75" (71x107cm) - $7,000
After a three-year hiatus in this series, Contaminated Water #9: Through the Ice,
becomes to fruition. As with the first piece in this series, there is no rust
pigmentation on this piece. I was pondering what the next step should be in
this series, and since it was winter, the thought of looking through the ice
brought to mind this image. The blue is the water and the red-ish purple is the
ice with suspended particles and oil slicks trapped in within it.
Contaminated Water #9: Through the Ice - (c) 2016-2017 – Hand Stitched Thread on Hand Dyed Textile - 33.25"x
42.25" (84x107cm) - $6,500
If you have a specific space you are interested in filling with contemporary textile art, please send me via email email@example.com a high resolution image of your space. Include the title of the artworks you are interested in and I can easily email you back various images showing how the artwork will look in that space. Many of my pieces can be displayed in both vertical and horizontal orientations so this will really give a great vision of how wonderful the work will look in your space.