Thursday, June 30, 2016
Levens Hall and saw these joyful trees.
circles, domes, eggs, spheres,
boxes, biomorphic shapes, body like materials,
are abstractions that represent the female
Lucy Lippard said this in the 70's
Saturday, June 25, 2016
These photos are from 2012. We took them at dawn at the top of the ridge near where we live. The photo above is of me sewing the textile to the cord that would then be propped up with wooden poles. I look back on that experience with Ned as one of our good moments in a long marriage.
I love this view. I love looking at it still.
It puts me into a reverie no matter what the colours.
This view of sky, water and that strong horizontal line of the Wikwemikong peninsula that devides them has been a constant in my daily life and as I get older, the more I find myself returning to the simplicity of this natural occurance that I live and breathe with.
Thursday, June 23, 2016
This book by Nigel Peake was on that shelf.
Sunday, June 19, 2016
|Something More Magical than it Ever Was 1991 re-purposed family clothing and silk, traditional dark and light log cabin arrangement quilt, hand quilted,by Judith e Martin 90 inches square|
Quilt 2: In the Centre of the Body is the Soul. The first quilt that I started after our move to Manitoulin in 1993. It was on Manitoulin that I learned that hand embroidery adds emotional power to the surfaces of my quilts. Go here for image.
Quilt 3; I began a series of Velvet Journals in the late 90's. The idea behind them was that all of us present ourselves to the world, but that our inner self is more interesting and true. These ideas continue to surface in my current work. This particular piece is entitled The Rescuer because art critic Lucy Lippard once wrote that quilt makers rescue a woman's life from oblivian. Click here for the front and here for the back of this quilt. The piece is English Paper Pieced with hand written journal pages and magazine papers.
With Quilt 4, I marked the turn of the millennium with the Millennium Journal Project.
|Millennium Jounral (84 days shown of 850) a record of the turn of the millennium in personal code of symbols, 2001 by Judy Martin|
Quilt 5: I began a series of three Amish -style Diamond in Square quilts during the climate of fear that took over the world after September 11, 2001. Each Stitch is a Prayer (here) was completed in 2003 and was the first of the Protection Blanket series. Ned and I currently use it on our bed.
|War Diary (detail of volume two shown) 2003, set of two cloth books. A record of 180 TV headlines days during the build up to the invasion of Iraq by Judith e Martin|
Quilt 7: Protection Blanket. Another of the Amish quilts, this one employs sequins to reflect the bad energy as is done in many world cultures. See here.
|Wrapped Form 2008 by Judith e Martin|
|left: self hug 2015 , right: red sweater 2008, silk hand embroidery on Vintage linen pillowcase by Judith e Martin|
|Twenty Four Hour Care 2010 cotton and velvet quilt, hand stitched by Judith e Martin 78 " square|
Quilt 11; Canadian Pioneer. With this piece, I look back on what it must have been like for my settler anscestors to come to Canada and make a life. See here.
Quilt 12; Lake. The aesthetic of simplicity occurs in my newer work. I am consciously trying to reflect the awesome sky and water that is my daily view. I want to make art that gives the feeling of being alone in nature. This piece is from 2014 and can be seen here.
Quilt 13: Turning the Air to Cloth and Above Us , a two sided quilt. Both sides are the right side. Completed in 2015, this quilt is covered and quilted with hand embroidery. See here and here.
|In progress quilt top made 2015 by Judith e Martin, cotton, silk and light weight wool false starts gathered up 80" x 90"|
|In progress quilt with big stitch quilting, Judith e Martin 2016|
|Portfolio of Sketches for 90 inch quilts, (Large Emptiness, Small Marks) 36 sketches in hand stitched folder, 13"x13"x 3" 2016 by Judith e Martin|
Quilt 16: untitled in progress, 120 inch square silk quilt completely hand stitched with embroidery - shown here.
|Female Figurine / Moon Cloth 2016 by Judith e Martin Hand stitched indigo dyed wool, human sized|
Apologies to regular readers of this blog, all works have appeared on the blog before over the years. I write this entry because on Friday, a women's group came to my home and I showed them these seventeen pieces primarily because they were what are in our cupboard. Every time I speak about my work, the story becomes more fine tuned.
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Having courage is not about not having fear,
but keeping on going in company with that fear" Cheryl Strayed
My body. My losses. My anger. My own goodness.
My yearning for tenderness. My yearning for social contact. " Radka Donnell
The left leg is connected to the authentic part of ourself
The left leg is related to how you feel and what you believe
A painful left leg shows that there is something askew with personal needs and desires"
It gave me a place to just lay it out in black and white who I am. Really truly.
The nurse brought black coffee and marmalade toast to me at 6 am , a small kindness, so important.
The femur is the biggest and strongest bone in the body.
It is not an object
It is seen through an object" Agnes Martin
Wednesday, June 01, 2016
|untitled (strange music) 1993 by Felix Gonzalez-Torres|
|42 lightbulbs with extension cord, Felix Gonzalez Torres|
|hand stitched quilt in progress (detail) judith e martin silk with silk and wool threads|
The diagnosis is stressed muscles and pinched nerves. Treatent is massage therapy and physio therapy. Heat packs and special exercises to build up my strength, the left leg is quite weak. Get back to yoga, aqua fit, and that daily walk. Consciously work on my balance so that I'm not so afraid of falling.
My work looks minimalist, but it's not.
Sunday, May 29, 2016
It is a way to help us experience our selves.
I experience many other kinds of time.
(journal thoughts after reading The Infinite Line by Briony Fer)
Thursday, May 26, 2016
|the east wall (ten feet high)|
|the west wall (ten feet high)|
|the south wall (with a window on main street)|
|the north wall (door gives idea of height of these walls)|
I'm so happy to have this again as I've been without one since summer 2013.
It has morphed from something about my daily walk
to something more
something about the days of my life and their accumulation
set down in an orderly way
step step step
the hurdles and burdens
the joys and unexpected visions
a summing up, a reflection
a frugal using up
a path through it all
a luminous halo.
Life is a luminous halo, a semi transparent envelope surrounding us from the beginning of consciousness to the end. Virginia Woolf