|resting between night and day (left) resting at low tide (right) both pieces by Penny Berens|
Penny and I are having a show together in 2021 and Miranda has agreed to be our curator.
The work is still very much in progress.
We met over the weekend to get a better sense of how it fits together and pinned our pieces up side by side on my pinwall.
The blue piece in the above photo is Sky with Many Moons (Judy Martin)
We noticed contrasts and similarities in our work.
My work is generally quite light, both in colour and weight (sometimes only one layer of sheer cloth). It's usually quite tall. I like people to look up at my work, as humans all over the world look at the moon.
Penny's work for this show is more earthy. She is thinking about the beauty of rocks and about the way they hold so much time. She works with natural dyes too, but is adding more colour to her new work. In the piece in above photo, she says that she is thinking about "all the women who have gone before me in history"
Both Penny and I communicate our powerful love for the earth through the use of natural dyes and repetitive hand stitch / caress.
It's time to think more about caring.
We must care for the earth as lovingly as we take care of our bodies.
Many of us don't think about our bodies, yet still expect them to be ok.
We need to give ourselves self care.
We need to pay more attention. To the earth and to our bodies.
|penny and miranda with judy martin's work in progress|
Miranda, our curator, says that she sees many simlarities in Penny and me as persons and artists.
We both live in rural environments and are mothers and grandmothers.
Our homes and yards where we each live are similar.
We both feel the presence and influence of a large body of water
We both have a country road,
Penny lives near Annapolis Royal in Nova Scotia, while I live near Sheguiandah on Manitoulin Island. Both places are steeped in history.
We each have a long depth of life experience. Some differences, but also many similarities.
|penny on left, judy on right - both works in progress|
Miranda told us that at times, to objectively see and speak about our work, she has to disconnect her eyes from her heart.
|stone islands by Penny Berens left, dark side of the sun by judy martin right|
All that touching. It goes deep.
|judy martin, miranda bouchard, penny berens May 2019|
Penny observes her environment, says that she goes with the flow.
Both of us are star dust. We all are.
Thank you to the Ontario Arts Council for funding Miranda in this curatorial project.