Thursday, March 17, 2016
Penny Berens' Daily Scratchings
"The section above starts with the woodpecker stitched on October 2nd, 2012 and then the next day, a depiction of a trip up the Annapolis Valley to see the eye doctor. For the 4th, I did that line of looped stitches, representing a day spent with the group of stitchers and hookers called 'Loose Threads'. For October 5th I was thinking of things in the negative! And the next section was for Thanksgiving weekend. I was thinking of how days wrap themselves around one another. Cotton threads stitched on damask." Penny Berens
"In this image, the journal starts on Monday the 12 November 2012, when I stitched a flight of Canada geese that made me think of hieroglyphs. Then on Tuesday the 13th I watched a Murder of crows pestering an eagle on my morning walk. They surrounded him in a tree and made a huge hullabaloo. This was followed by a day of rain. Cotton thread on hand dyed cotton." Penny Berens
In Daily Scratchings, Penny Berens recorded the seasonal changes that she experienced while walking in the rural area near Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia. In the above image, Penny's work is shown installed in exhibition in the Yarmouth adjunct of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.
Using hand stitched representational drawings and rows of abstract marks she documented the day that she had lived through.
Penny’s visual and tactile witnessing of natural phenomena became a journal that holds four years of time.
Penny's love of the natural world and her close observation of it is communicated with joy, love and hours of time. After four years (2012 - 2015) of dedication, she stopped working on this journal.
"On December 31, 2015 I completed the last stitched entry in my 'Daily Scratchings' journal. I noticed towards the end of that four year project that my entries had become more and more exploratory rather than recording the small daily events in my rural life, therefore the time had come to make a change. Creating larger pieces of work through daily practice still fascinates me however, as well as setting myself small challenges." Penny Berens
Visit Penny's blog to find out what happens next for this prolific artist.