Bio: Originally from North Dakota, Judith Feist has formal training as a printmaker. After moving to Detroit in 2015 to pursue a Masters of Fine Art their work expanded to include fibers, which aided in concepts of repair and mending. Finding it difficult to dispose of old work Feist recycles old/unused work (sometimes a dozen times) to explore what it means to “fix”, “edit”, “alter”, and “correct” ourselves to fit into certain social interactions. These interactions involve family, friends, lovers, and complete strangers. Everyone, really. These artifacts are made as a response to these interactions. A remnant, maybe even reflection, of what is left over after that interaction has taken place.
Other random tid-bits of information about Judith that may or may not interest you, or help you navigate their Work:
-is a middle child of three
-has two cats
-doesn’t own a car (hasn’t for 8+ years)
-rides bikes all year round
-cuts their own hair
-cries at most experiences, especially as they continue to grow older
-enjoys making lists
-laughs at most things
-enjoys sharing moments
-would happily try to answer any questions you may have about their work...
Artist Statement: “For the last few years my work has focused on concepts of mending. Mending, fixing, repair, altering, however you want to phrase it. Not just within the realms of functionality (using repair/mending to make clothing last longer). Using the idea of mending to show in my work that a person (myself) is constantly altering themselves (fixing, if you will) to either make themselves better or to make the experience of an interaction better. My current body of work consists of handmade artifacts (found under ‘installations’) that are made as a keepsake, of sorts, documenting an interaction that has taken place. Even more recently, I began printing those handmade artifacts to create an ongoing series of remnants. I suppose they could be considered memories of those interactions or when you no longer have that artifact or keepsake. In printing these artifacts the printed image will continuously change. Possibly signifying that you possibly never experience the same memory the same way.