Friday, February 28, 2014

hillside kind of feeling



It's the last weekend of the Mended World exhibition at the Art Gallery of Sudbury. 
The gallery is two floors.  The photos in this post are of the works installed upstairs.
The stitched journal, "Not To Know, but to Go On" takes up two walls.  It's made by couching fabric to artist canvas with embroidery floss.
The curator selected some of my writing to place here and there on the walls.  
"Consider how it feels to be on a hillside looking out over the horizon.  It is the vastness that takes us into our own inner immensity.  The many small marks within that space (ripples in lakes, wisps of clouds, moving grasses) keep the eye moving and distract us just enough.  It is my hope that you have this hillside kind of feeling when confronted with the work in this exhibition." 
The scale of the work is important,  but so are the small hand made marks.  They are intimate.
My friends climbed the stairs with me up to the second floor.  Then they rested. 

16 comments:

  1. I can imagine it would be hard to pack these two pieces up - now that they have stretched their legs like this. and "cloud" with it's beautiful shadow. There's so much movement in them displayed this way.

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  2. Very insightful, susan.

    I am able to experience my own work on a whole different level when it is in a gallery setting.

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  3. The intimacy of 'small hand-made marks'. Yes. Thank you.

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  4. See it to believed it! Congratulations - Hugs Nat

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  5. The highs and lows, the valleys and crests of living, of the daily world, the internal, and the mind that rests in every place--do wish this was closer...

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  6. I wish that the work could be seen in more places too, Arlee. I have sent proposals out to some Ontario galleries, but I think they went into the round filing cabinet.

    Would appreciate any curators out there contacting me.
    xx

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  7. Ah, the justaposition - vibrant colors/muted earth tones; vertical/horizontal. Though i can scarce imagine the actual weight, theres a sense of lightness. One invites images of ribbons, of streamers frolicking in the breeze, the other inviting images of a blank slate. Both speak of cycles of life, of peaks and valleys, of tenacity and grace. Stunning. Mesmerizing.

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  8. Looks amazing. 5864589 6886Wonderful to have SPACE for looking at one's own work!! Waaay back I had an 1100 sq foot studio space and I loved that I had a work space, and huge, industrial height walls to hang things on and play and show work - a place mostly for ME to see it. I love, love my cozy studio, but for sure I don't have the space to really get a feel for the work spread out.

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  9. Um... those numbers were my "prove your not a robot code".. have no idea how they climbed into my comment!! Strange world.

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  10. The piece is a landscape unto itself. Very tranquil. I'd like to sit and gaze upon it for a good long time, too.

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  11. I love this photo of your friends. It remembers me the affection I feel when a close friend visits one exhibition of mine.

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  12. I love the way Clouds of Time and Not to Know but To Go On are hung! It must be incredible to stand in the room with them.

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  13. Anonymous3:25 pm

    very beautiful display of your piece. I also like the photo with people, sitting quietly by.

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  14. Such a beautiful display. I too love how they are hung! Really wonderful.

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  15. Wish i could hold this.............

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Thank you for taking the time to connect. Much appreciated.xx