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Biography: Judy Tuwaletstiwa

Judy Tuwaletstiwa
Judy Tuwaletstiwa

In January 2012, Judy Tuwaletstiwa began working with glass powders during an 18-month residency at Bullseye Glass Resource Center in Santa Fe, and discovered a material that synthesized and expanded the concepts she’d explored for almost 50 years as a visual artist and writer. Previously, she had worked with various media including paint, sand, feathers, sticks, and other natural materials with acrylic on canvas, but glass absolutely captivated her.

"The materiality of glass, its relationship to geologic time, light and transformation, its nuances of color, opens a door into a landscape filled with endless possibility,” she said.

Tuwaletstiwa received her Bachelor of Arts in English literature from the University of California at Berkeley in 1962, and her Master of Arts in teaching at Harvard University the following year. Since then, her work has been presented in exhibition around the U.S., and is held in several permanent collections, including that of The Corning Museum of Glass. She has also published several books, including Mapping Water in 2008, and Glass in 2016.

In February and March 2017, Tuwaletstiwa worked at The Studio with Michael Rogers for a collaborative residency, during which time, they focused on the concept of bringing together the concrete and the ephemeral.

“This collaboration is about transformation, about standing inside the fleeting moment, the amorphous present, as we work with an amorphous solid,” wrote Tuwaletstiwa and Rogers about their residency. “We want to enter this natural process during our residency, learn from it, and be transformed: to come home. We hope to catch the passage of time by creating pieces that are there and not there, that change and decay, as we explore other ways of imagining beauty and the dissolving moment. Working with intention, we shall pay equal attention to the unintentional.”

After meeting at the opening of the Contemporary Art + Design Wing, Tuwaletstiwa and Rogers began collaborating in Santa Fe, where Tuwaletstiwa works, and in Rochester, N.Y., where Rogers teaches at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Their joint residency was an “experimentation based on years of being artists,” they said, “always asking, ‘What happens if …’ and then, seeing what happens.”