Judy Tuwaletstiwa

Judy Tuwaletstiwa Photo by Barbara Groth
Judy Tuwaletstiwa, photo by Barbara Groth


ABOUT THE ARTIST:

Judy Tuwaletstiwa's memories and personal experiences create a complex web of inspiration that invites materials to find an unexpected voice in her art. Materials (from Latin, mater, mother) become keepers of a collective truth passed down through generations or through encounters with strangers such as a homeless man. With deep empathy, Tuwaletstiwa reflects to us the joy and pain of our human condition. Object and subject are transformed within her work to emanate a palpable healing force. 

Tuwaletstiwa’s work has been described as elemental. She uses a broad range of materials including kiln fired glass, fiber, clay, handmade paper, quills, and wood sticks. Each artwork is a conversation between carefully selected textures and evocative forms: an intuitive and profound act of storytelling.

An artist, writer and teacher, Judy Tuwaletstiwa received her BA in English Literature from UC, Berkeley in 1962, and her MAT in English Literature from Harvard University in 1963. A celebrated artist with a long career of residencies, exhibitions, and collections to her name, her last solo exhibition was at the Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Fe in 2019. Her art lives in private, public, and museum collections. Special editions of her three books, including her 2016 book, Glass, published with Radius Books, reside in libraries such as the Corning Museum of Glass’ Rakow Library and Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library.

Selected Exhibitions
2019 The Dream Life of Objects, Center for Contemporary Arts (CCA), Santa Fe
2017 Transformations, Bullseye Projects, Portland, Oregon
2016 Glass, William Siegal Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2015 New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2014 Ruah, William Siegal Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2012 Silent Collaborations, William Siegal Gallery, Santa Fe, New Mexico
2005 De Harmonia Mundi, Fresno Art Museum, Fresno, California; Lemmons Contemporary, New York City, New York (2004).

Notable Residencies
2017 Artist-in-Residence (collaboration with Michael Rogers), The Studio, The Corning Museum of Glass, New York
2017 Artist-in-Residence, Tamarind Institute, Albuquerque, New Mexico
2013 Artist-in-Residence, Bullseye Glass Resource Center, Santa Fe, New Mexico 2003 Artist-in-Residence, University of Hawai’i, Honolulu
2001 Artist-in-Residence, Pilchuck Glass School, Stanwood, Washington (and 2000) 2000 Literary Residency, The Lannan Foundation, Marfa, Texas. 

 

VIEW SELECTED ARTWORK BELOW

Inquire about available artwork here or call 505-372-7681

Tuwaletstiwa, 'Liminal', 2021, 72 x 48”, glass, fiber, and acrylic on canvas

Liminal
2021, 72 x 48”
Glass, fiber, and acrylic on canvas

 


Tuwaletstiwa, Song 1, 2021 Raku fired clay, acrylic, and burns on canvas 72" x 48"

 

Song 1
2021, 72 x 48”
Raku-fired clay, acrylic, and burns on canvas
SOLD

 

 

Tuwaletstiwa, 'Song 2', 2021, 72" x 48", Fiber, raku-fired clay, and acrylic on canvas


Song 2
2021, 72 x 48”
Fiber, raku-fired clay, and acrylic on canvas
SOLD

  


Tuwaletstiwa, Song 3, Dream (1976), 2021, 74” x 52”, fiber, raku-fired clay, Kakadu feathers and acrylic on canvas


S
ong 3 - Dream (1976)
2021, 74 x 52”
Fiber, raku-fired clay, Kakadu feathers, and acrylic on canvas




Tuwaletstiwa, Song 4, 2021, 72" x 48", Burnt Magnani Pescia rag paper and glass on canvas


Song 4
2021, 72 x 48”
Burnt Magnani Pescia rag paper and glass on canvas

 

 

Tuwaletstiwa, Songs of Innocence 21, 2018, 30" x 20", Glass, fiber, nails, and acrylic on canvas

Songs of Innocence 21

2018, 30" x 20"
Glass, fiber, nails, and acrylic on canvas

 

 
Tuwaletstiwa, Songs of Innocence 8, 2018, 30" x 20",  Fiber and graphite on canvas

Songs of Innocence 8
2018, 30" x 20"
Fiber and graphite on canvas



 

Tuwaletstiwa, Songs of Innocence 5, 2018, 27” x 33”,  Glass and burns on canvas  

Songs of Innocence 5
2018, 27” x 33”  
Glass and burns on canvas 

 

 



Pleiades #2, 
2021
Glass and acrylic on canvas
12 x 36 in.

 

 

Text. To Weave, 2011
Glass on Magnani Paper on canvas
20 x 30 in.




Text 2, 2021
Glass and acrylic on canvas
30 x 40 in.

 


Pleiades #1, Pleiades #4, Pleiades #3, 2021
Glass and acrylic on canvas
12 x 36 in./each



 

 

 

Mother Earth - Father Sky, 2021
Glass and acrylic on canvas

12 x 48 in./each, diptych

 

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