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CELEBRATING THE CREATIVE CONNECTIONS between a mother and daughter, “REALITY, Times two” presents works by quilt artist Elizabeth Talford Scott (1916-2011) and bead artist Joyce J. Scott. The Baltimore artists lived together for more than 60 years until Elizabeth died in 2011. Born on a South Carolina plantation where her family sharecropped, Elizabeth inserted generational narratives into her quilts through imagery, symbols, and material, such as rocks, buttons, and family fabrics. Her textile works call to mind story quilts; one, composed of neckties, resembles an abstract painting. As a young child, Joyce learned craftwork from her mother and has advanced that knowledge into new realms. She earned a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art, an MFA from the Instituto Allende in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, studied glass-blowing in Murano, Italy, and was awarded a MacArthur “genius” grant in 2016. Working with beads and glass, she produces beautiful, complicated works that address the ugly realities of the world, issues like war, racism, police brutality, and misogyny. Eighteen works by Joyce (sculpture, wall hangings, and monoprints dating from 1976 to 2019) are on view, along with three circa 1990s quilts by Elizabeth, and a quilt the artists made together in 1983. The exhibition coincides with “Hitching Their Dreams to Untamed Stars: Joyce J. Scott & Elizabeth Talford Scott,” a small show of nine works at the Baltimore Museum of Art through Dec. 1.

 

REALITY, Times two: Joyce J. Scott & Elizabeth Talford Scott is on view at Goya Contemporary in Baltimore, May 10-July 31, 2019

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Installation view of “REALITY, Times two: Joyce J. Scott & Elizabeth Talford Scott,” Goya Contemporary, Baltimore (May 10-July 31, 2019). Shown in foreground, JOYCE J. SCOTT, “Aloft,” 2016-2017 (hand-blown Murano glass, wood, beads, mortar, thread, 37 x 10 x 10 inches). | Courtesy Goya Contemporary

 


Installation view of “REALITY, Times two: Joyce J. Scott & Elizabeth Talford Scott,” Goya Contemporary, Baltimore (May 10-July 31, 2019). Shown, At right, ELIZABETH TALFORD SCOTT, “Tie Quilt #2,” 1991 (fabric, mixed media, 70 ½ x 53 ½ inches). | Courtesy Goya Contemporary

 


JOYCE J. SCOTT, “Beaded Graphic Novel: Episodes About a Demon, White 1,” (beads, thread, 17 ½ x 24 inches). | Courtesy Goya Contemporary

 


JOYCE J. SCOTT, “Gun Woman,” 2019 (hand-blown Murano glass, beads, thread, 19 ½ x 13 ½ x 6 inches). | Courtesy Goya Contemporary

 


Installation view of “REALITY, Times two: Joyce J. Scott & Elizabeth Talford Scott,” Goya Contemporary, Baltimore (May 10-July 31, 2019). | Courtesy Goya Contemporary

 


JOYCE J. SCOTT, “Beaded Graphic Novel: Episodes About a Demon, Green 1” (beads, thread, 17 ½ x 20 inches). | Courtesy Goya Contemporary

 


JOYCE J. SCOTT, “Beauty,” 2019 (Murano glass, beads, thread, 6 x 8 x 7 inches). | Courtesy Goya Contemporary

 


Installation view of “REALITY, Times two: Joyce J. Scott & Elizabeth Talford Scott,” Goya Contemporary, Baltimore (May 10-July 31, 2019). Shown, Far left, ELIZABETH TALFORD SCOTT, Untitled, circa 1990s (fabric, thread, yarn, buttons, rocks, 46 x 27 inches); Second from right, ELIZABETH TALFORD SCOTT, “A Person on a Swing,” 1996 (fabric, thread, yarn, buttons, rocks, 39 x 31 inches); Far right, JOYCE J. SCOTT, “Swimmer,” circa 1976 (yarn, fabric, leather, buttons, thread, 64 x 20 x 6 inches| Courtesy Goya Contemporary

 


From left, JOYCE J. SCOTT (2), “Ark,” 2019 (hand-blown Murano glass, beads, thread, wire, repurposed objects, 31 ½ x 13 ½ x 6 inches); and “War women III,” 2014 & 2019 (hand-blown Murano glass, beads, thread, wood, plastic dice, 31 x 9 x 8 inches). | Courtesy Goya Contemporary

 


Installation view of “REALITY, Times two: Joyce J. Scott & Elizabeth Talford Scott,” Goya Contemporary, Baltimore (May 10-July 31, 2019). Shown, At left, JOYCE J. SCOTT ELIZABETH TALFORD SCOTT, “Three Generation Quilt I” (1983); At right, JOYCE J. SCOTT, “Ark,” 2019 (hand-blown Murano glass, beads, thread, wire, repurposed objects, 31 ½ x 13 ½ x 6 inches). | Courtesy Goya Contemporary

 


Details of JOYCE J. SCOTT & ELIZABETH TALFORD SCOTT, “Three Generation Quilt I,” 1983 (fabric, Thread, 57 x 46 inches). | Photos (2) by Victoria L. Valentine

 


Installation view of “REALITY, Times two: Joyce J. Scott & Elizabeth Talford Scott,” Goya Contemporary, Baltimore (May 10-July 31, 2019). | Courtesy Goya Contemporary

 


From left, Front and back views of JOYCE J. SCOTT, “Taleteller,” 2019 (hand-blown Murano glass, beads, thread, found objects, copper wire, cement, 35 x 11 x 10 inches). | Courtesy Goya Contemporary

 


Installation view of “REALITY, Times two: Joyce J. Scott & Elizabeth Talford Scott,” Goya Contemporary, Baltimore (May 10-July 31, 2019). Shown, In foreground, JOYCE J. SCOTT, “She Who Must Be Revered,” 1989 (leather, beads, ceramics, bone, 11 x 11 x 8 ½ inches). | Courtesy Goya Contemporary

 

BOOKSHELF
“Joyce J. Scott: Harriet Tubman and Other Truths” documents the artist’s exhibition at Grounds for Sculpture, her largest and most comprehensive exhibition to date. The volume features texts by co-curator Patterson Sims and Seph Rodney, and an interview with the artist conducted by co-curator Lowery Stokes Sims, who also contributed an essay.

 

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