|Gros Morne National Park, Newfoundland, Canada|
I saw the call in early 2014 on Gloria Hickey's blog and sent a proposal.
|Beginning With Time: Day 2015 Judith e Martin plant dyed blanket wool on re-claimed and over-dyed wool blankets |
90" x 78" two sided
Here is the call to enter
WILD, PURE AESTHETIC WONDER
Fibre Explorations of Gros Morne National Park
The unique natural and cultural wonders of Gros Morne range in scale from the epic to the microscopic to the sublime. Wild, uninhabited mountains, towering cliffs of a freshwater fjord carved out by glaciers, wind-wizened tuckamore, technicolour lichens, textural fossils. The history of those who lived in the region and who live there today bring a human response to the spirituality of the landscape. You are invited to dig deep and create a proposal for an artwork that can be a conduit for yourself - and for visitors - to a deeper visual and emotional experience of Gros Morne National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site and the venue for the Fibre Arts NL 2015 Conference. Let the wonders of Gros Morne inspire you to explore your own wilderness.
|beginning with time: night detail 2015 judith e martin|
|fjord - western brook pond Gros Morne Newfoundland Canada|
|Betinning with Time: Night 2015 by Judith e Maritn hand stitch on repurposed wool blanket, a two sided piece, |
this is the night side
I found out that my proposal was accepted fairly quickly and began dyeing yards of blanket weight cloth to use in the new work. I wrote about my process through the summer and fall on this blog. I was so inspired by this project that I considered creating several large wool blanket pieces that would hang as a walk-in installation some day. I want my viewer to feel enveloped by the intimate marks and be overwhelmed by the scale. We are just specks within this awesome natural world.
We did go to Newfoundland.Ned and I flew to Deer Lake in September 2014 and I was gratified to see how the landscape was like I had imagined. I kept on with my vertical rows of green stitch that represented the tree covered cliffs of Gros Morne.
L'Anse aux Meadows and back again. I wrote about that trip here and here.
|western brook pond (inland fjord) in Gros Morne national park, Newfoundland|
Today I listened to Gloria speak during a walk through of the exhibition. She said " I wanted the artists to make work that they wanted to make. I'm the midwife, not the mom."
May I take this opportunity to thank the Craft Council, the curators and the other artists who make up this exhibition. The show can be viewed at this link.
|beginning with time: night detail of sleeve. (two sided piece this is the night side)|
The photos in this post of my piece were taken by Nick Dubecki. More of his photos here. Philipa Jones took some of the St. John's installation. View here.