Judy Martin, Precious Water, 2013. Re-cycled linen and cotton damask, new silk and linen, hand-stitched, made with community assistance, 218. x 218.5 cm.
September 14 – October 27
Artist talk and Reception: Thursday September 19 at 7:30pm
Artist workshop: September 21-22, 10-4pm, $95+hst members/ $105+hst non-members.
For workshop registration, please contact the Gallery at 577-6427.
Judy Martin’s textile-based practice can be best described as a meditation on materials and the passage of time. In her latest body of work, each stitch and swatch of fabric reveals her almost devotional reverence to repurposed materials, collaboration and place. Here, Martin reflects on the fine details of hand-stitching and the slow, concentrated nature of textile art – with some works taking months to complete. The contribution of others in the making of pieces affirms the methodical nature of her art. As she states, it is the “virtuosity of labour” and the repetitiveness of careful work that reminds us of the importance of craftsmanship.
Judy Martin was born in 1951 and grew up on a large property near the North-Western Ontario town of Fort Frances. All her life Martin has studied art and in June 2012, she graduated with first class honours in the second fine art degree she has acquired through distance education. She has participated in more than one hundred group shows in Canada, the USA, Europe, and Japan and has mounted twenty-four solo exhibitions. The Finnish characteristic, sisu, (courage, optimism, and indomitable will) sets Judy Martin’s work apart.
Opening reception generously sponsored by the Korteweg Family.