Artist StatementI have long used the common found or "special saved "object as a mold or as material for sculpture and textile-based work. In the past I often employed a mass-produced type of packing container as a mold for cast paper, plaster, or cement---sometimes adding significant material to the casting, and leaving traces of the immediacy of my process visible in the finished work. More recently, I have returned to textiles as my principal medium. Portability, conservation, thrift --and the ability to work on a larger scale--have drawn me back to fabric. In these pieces, the act of hand sewing is repetitive and can be meditative, like the process I used in the 1980's of making paintings with melted wax, one brushstroke at a time. Clothing and household linens retain the embodied history of their owners and thus possess an intrinsic aura. Strong, simple garment shapes are altered minimally. These material links me to all who share the long tradition of making functional or beautiful objects with the everyday and near at hand.
Education: Tulane University, New Orleans, LA, MFA, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana IL, BFA. MSAC Individual Artist Grants, 1988, 1991. Selected Solo Exhibitions: Anton Gallery, Washington, DC, 2002, 1999, also '91,'89','88,'86, '84 Washington Project for the Arts, Washington, DC, 1984. Selected Group Exhibitions: "OUTLIERS: Kurt Godwin and Betsy Packard," American University at the Katzen Arts Center, curated by J.W.Mahoney, 2015, "Geometrix: Line, Form,Subversion," Curator's Office, Washington, DC,2015, "Recontextualizing the Found," Shiva Gallery, John Jay College, CUNY, NY,NY, 2014, "Washington Art Matters, 1940's-1980s, American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center, 2014, "Geometrix" Curator's Office, DC, "Readymade@100", AU Museum, 2014, "Hair Apparent," The Athenaeum, Alexandria, VA, 2013, "Green:A Color and a Cause (slideshow), Textile Museum, Washington, DC, "Spirit Materials" MPA, VA, curated by Alice Thorsen, 1991, "Objects and Installations," curated by Phyllis Rosenzweig, Maryland Art Place, "Collecting, Organizing, Transposing", Maryland Art Place, Baltimore, MD and Snug Harbor Cultural Center, Staten Island, NY 1989-1990 , "Artery '89" Strathmore Hall Arts Center, Rockville, MD and Arnold and Porter Gallery, Washington, DC, 1989 "Selected Sculpture", Anton Gallery, Washignton, DC, 1987 "Ten Artists Working in New York and Wasington, DC", Addison Galery of American Art, Phillips Academy, Andover, MA 1986