B. New Hampshire; based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Judy Gelles' fixation with cataloguing people and places stems from an interest in mapping how geography, architecture, and social organization intersect, especially as it pertains to children and families.
Her on-going series, The Fourth Grade Project (2008-present), asks fourth graders from around the world the same three questions: Who do you live with? What do you wish for? What do you worry about? Told in their own words, the children's stories show how common certain human experiences are and how we differ. Other series like Beach Huts (2015), Beach Boxes (2002), Trailer Park (1999-2005), and Family Portrait (1977- 1982) take a similar taxonomic approach to understanding the politics of space, raising questions about the manner in which our quarters define, connect, and divide us.
Judy received her MFA from Rhode Island School of Design. Her work is in the permanent collections at LACMA, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.