Monday, January 20, 2014

Mended World opening reception Art Gallery of Sudbury


The opening on Saturday was well attended.  Tom Smart, the acting curator, introduced me.  He called attention to the archetypes used in all the work.   
I spoke about time.  How to stop it?  How to slow it down?  How to make visible a period of time that goes past so quickly.  How to remember it?  How to honour it?  Each of the two floors of this exhibition holds four years of time.  (by the way, Ned took these photos from the back of the room over the heads of the crowd.  They are not clear, but they give an idea).
I told the audience that we had started with the green silk squares of the Earth Ark panel in 2009.   As the knots on the silk squares accumulated and were put into shape, we could see that we had made an island with fertile planted fields that also resembled a boat.  We had made an Earth Ark.

Like Noah's ark, these panels are about saving and protecting what we have.  The reparation of the earth is their subject.   The panels were made from recycled cloth, slowly and carefully by hand.  Many individuals came together to make them and what we made will outlast us.  These panels are heirlooms for the future.  The other panels are titled Precious Water, Layers of Time and Mended World.
 
Six of the regular stitchers made the trip to Sudbury for the opening.  It was so nice to have them there with me.   Beginning at the left and circling me are: Julia, Linda, Karen, Anke, Anita, and Stella.  XOXO

17 comments:

Christine said...

Love your work Judy and I appreciate your explanation about preserving time (my words). Wish I could see this in person!

April said...

hope to come see this in the flesh.
xo

Mo Crow said...

good to see this wonderful body of work traveling & inspiring, look forward to the book!

Jennifer said...

To have been there would have been a dream. Perhaps another time...if I'm very, very lucky.

Connie Rose said...

Brilliant!

Montse Llamas said...

I am glad to share these moments with you through your pictures. Across the Atlantic ocean...

Judy--- said...

truly amazing.
so wish i could hear your talk.
thanks so much for taking us along.

Threadpainter said...

Congratulations Judy ! I haven't been around much lately (xmas & Jan. blahs) but I am sure you had the crowd enthralled … you are a wonderful speaker !
Checked out a few of the posts prior to this and love the photos from your Visit to Turkey … their world is so colourful ! Congrats again on another married child.
Your self portrait is stunning !

Sandra said...

Thanks for sharing that. Can I order a catalogue?

Judy Martin said...

I think its best if those who want a catalog use the phone to contact the art gallery of Sudbury or the Thunder Bay Art gallery.
The phone numbers are on their web sites.


Thanks for all your support and feedback.
xx

Nancy said...

This would be something to see in person! An earth-ark...I like that.

Grace Martin said...

I love every part of this so much

Heather said...

Congratulations! Wish I had been there.

wholly jeanne said...

What Grace said.

Times two.

Lesley Turner said...

congratulations - time to be honoured and feted after years of dedicated work

chrissythreads said...

Wonderful achievement for everyone involved . Each stitch capturing a precious moment in time.

kat said...

How wonderful it must be for you to see those panels finished and hung; accumulated touches and stitches and chat and quiet, thought and history in cloth, all gathered together in one space. It's been marvelous to watch them come into being and know something of their story. Thank you so much for sharing it.