Sunday, April 20, 2014

Manitoulin Circle Project comes home

The Mended World exhibition ended its showing at the Art Gallery of Sudbury in early March.  I was impressed with the careful wrapping by collection manager, Deanna Nebenionquit when she packed the work up.  She used tissue paper and cotton tape to fold and roll the four meditation panels.  
I left them like this for a month.  They seemed so safe.
This weekend I unpacked the bundles in preparation for their re-install in the Little Current United Church.     Above is the marimekko back of the Earth Ark panel.
Marimekko panels were the important 'inner' side of all four of these panels, they link to my Finnish heritage.  They also give these pieces of public art an interesting secret self.  
Once unrolled, I stacked the panels onto a bed.  (shown on the wall, a bit of April's painting of a hibiscus)
Unrolling each panel gave me time to handle and consider them again. 
I love the reverse side of the thick linen thread that was used to hand quilt Mended World with back stitch.   reverse side shown above, public side below.
I pay attention to the small area of pale yellow that acts as a subtle focal point of the large panel. 
Precious water unbundled and stacked on the bed.

Ned hung them on Saturday.   Above is Mended World.
Earth Ark
Precious Water.
My husband was supported throughout the two days of installation by Rick McCutcheon.  Thank you Rick.
Carol and her daughter Colleen brought fresh pussy willows for Easter.  Placed between the panels their open armed gesture welcomed the panels home.
Layers of Time

for Easter Sunday

The Four Meditaiton panels of the Manitoulin Circle Project 
now permanently installed
Little Current United Church on Manitoulin Island. 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Q How to Live? A Don't worry about death.

2. Q. How to live? A. Pay attention

3. Q. How to live? A. Be Born
4. Q. How to live? A. Read a lot, forget most of what you read, and be slow-witted
5. Q. How to live? A. Survive love and loss

6. Q. How to live? A. Use little tricks
7. Q. How to live? A. Question everything

8. Q. How to live? A. Keep a private room behind the shop

9. Q. How to live? A. Be convivial: live with others

10. Q. How to live? A. Wake from the sleep of habit
11. Q. How to live? A. Live temperately
12. Q. How to live? A. Guard your humanity
13. Q. How to live? A. Do something no one has done before

14. Q. How to live? A. See the world

15. Q. How to live? A. Do a good job, but not too good a job

16. Q. How to live? A. Philosophize only by accident

17. Q. How to live? A. Reflect on everything; regret nothing
18. Q. How to live? A. Give up control

19. Q. How to live? A. Be ordinary and imperfect

20. Q. How to live? A. Let life be its own answer

New block prints inspired by the Chapter Headings of Sarah Bakewell’s biography and collected essays of Michel de Montaigne,  “How to Live: One Question and Twenty Attempts at an Answer

Monday, April 14, 2014

quotes from two books I'm reading about authentic art objects

Pots of Flowers 1860-80 81" x 81" cotton quilt
above quilt from Wild By Design:  Two Hundred Years of Innovation and Artistry in American Quilts 
by Janet Catherine Berlo and Patricia Cox Crews  (page 53)

It was real.  I knew it, even in the dark.  Raised yellow streak of paint in the wing and feathers scratched in with the butt of the brush.  I was different, but it wasn't.  And as the light flickered over it I had the queasy sense of my own life, in comparison, as a patternless and transient burst of energy, a fizz of biological static just as random as the street lamps flashing past.

above text from The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt  (page 1078)

Friday, April 11, 2014

good news

Good news from here.
The snow is going.
I have a second studio space (bedroom sized) with new pin walls.
 Ned put the 12" square ceiling tiles up last weekend.
This was April's room in high school.  She pinned a collage of the cosmos to the ceiling. 
Pinning to the ceiling gives me almost enough height.  Pictured is an untitled piece from 2012.  

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Perfect: to finish or complete

Perfectionist:  One believing in the possibility of attaining perfection.
Perfection:  The act of making perfect or the state of being perfect.

Yin Yin has been juried into Visions: The Sky's the Limit.  and needs to be shipped next week because there will be a colour catalog.  I put a sleeve for hanging the work along the top (see images above) but have since removed it.  It wasn't perfect.

All definitions are from The Concise English Dictionary

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Hard Twist

Two pieces (not mine) from Hard Twist 8 - this is personal  at the Gladstone Hotel in Toronto until April 27. Click on the artist's names to go to their professional web sites. xx
Shirtz by Susan Avishai  2013   made from pre-worn (but washed) men's dress shirts, about 7' square
Manufactured clothing is made to be consumed, discarded, put into good will, and eventually baled for rags.
"I wanted to insert myself into this cycle to see if something personal, beautiful, and original could be made from the used clothing headed for this ignoble fate."  Susan Avishai
Drawing / Weaving  by Colleen McCarten  2013   Silk yarn, parchment paper, marker  36" x 108"
"Does changing the material or technique alter the value of a piece?    Colleen McCarten
Above image is hand woven, the one below is hand drawn.  
Pondering economics while marveling  at expert use of materials, time, and technique.

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

here comes the sun

Little darling, it's been a long cold lonely winter
Little darling, it feels like years since it's been here
Little darling, I feel that ice is slowly melting
Little darling, it seems like years since it's been clear
Little darling, the smiles returning to the faces
Little darling, it seems like years since it's been here
Here comes the sun, here comes the sun
And I say it's all right
  Sun, sun, sun, here it comes
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes
Sun, sun, sun, here it comes

text by George Harrison 1969

Monday, March 31, 2014

New Life

Welcome to the world, Aili Evelyn Martin. 
Born in Toronto on March 25, 2014 to Jay and Erika.
Ned and I visited  
A beautiful miracle.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Canadian Textile Artists

A post with three videos of prominent Canadian textile artists exhibiting in Ontario right now.   

Ottawa:  Sandra Brownlee just won the Saidye Bronfman award, one of eight Governer General's awards for visual and media arts.  An exhibit of five of her major pieces will be on display beginning March 28 at Canada's National Gallery.  This video was put out by the government of Canada.

Toronto:  And Heather Goodchild's exhibit is at the Textile Museum of Canada until April 13.  This video from Canadian art showcases not only her work, but also two other prominent Canadians, Kai Chan and Lyn Carter. Textile Art from Canadian Art on Vimeo.

Peterborough:  Dorothy Caldwell's exhibition Silent Ice/ Deep Patience opened at the Art Gallery of Peterborough on the weekend.  Joe Lewis shared this video of her collections so beautifully displayed.  How many of us have thought of doing something like this?  Wow, Dorothy.

I do plan to get to all three exhibitions in person, but isn't it fantastic that we can see the work and listen to the artists speak for themselves through the internet.  

Friday, March 21, 2014

my work

 None of us are mothered enough.
I want to speak directly to women.

I wonder if my language is understood.