Unbound: The Life and Art of Judith Scott
June 08, 2021
A moving and powerful introduction to the life and art of renowned artist, Judith Scott, as told by her twin sister, Joyce Scott and illustrated by Caldecott Honor artist, Melissa Sweet.
Judith Scott was born with Down syndrome. She was deaf, and never learned to speak. She was also a talented artist. Judith was institutionalized until her sister Joyce reunited with her and enrolled her in an art class. Judith went on to become an artist of renown with her work displayed in museums and galleries around the world.
Poignantly told by Joyce Scott in collaboration with Brie Spangler and Melissa Sweet and beautifully illustrated by Caldecott Honor artist, Melissa Sweet, Unbound is inspiring and warm, showing us that we can soar beyond our perceived limitations and accomplish something extraordinary.
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Born in 1943, twins Judith and Joyce Scott were close. They played with dolls and tea sets, and had adventures outside. Their lives diverged, however, when Joyce went to kindergarten and Judith was not allowed to go because she had Down Syndrome and had never spoken. One day, Judith was gone, and Joyce was told that she had been sent away. This was the standard treatment of children with mental challenges at the time, but was a bleak choice. Joyce was allowed to visit occasionally, but missed her sister and didn't like the way that she had to live. Once she grew up, Joyce made plans to get Judith to move from Ohio to where Joyce lived in California, and found out that Judith had been profoundly deaf her whole life! Once in California, Joyce was determined to find a place for her sister to learn, and enrolled her with the Creative Growth Arts Center. It took some time, but eventually Judith found her voice in making elaborate wrapped sculptures of found objects, with secrets hidden inside the bundles. Sadly, Judith died in 2005, but outlived the life expectancy for someone with her challenges and left a lasting legacy of her artwork.
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