Time is a Material.
A hundred-year-old wool blanket is re-constructed, mended and edged with red wool thread. It holds absence and time. It’s about what is gone – but marks remain.
Judith e Martin holds a first class honours BA in Embroidered Textiles from Middlesex University in the UK and maintains a popular blog, Judy’s Journal. With 27 solo exhibitions in Canada and participation in over 100 group shows internationally, including Quilt National and Visions, Judith e Martin is an advocate for the power and beauty of hand stitch. She is a lifelong resident of northern Ontario, and along with her husband lives on Manitoulin Island in Lake Huron.
Martin’s work is grounded in the phenomenological idea that the sense of touch is the most effective way to make an emotional connection with others and she covers her surfaces with handmade marks. The tactile repetitions of her hand’s caress, the strength and weight of miles of thread and the amount of time it takes to make the individual stitches are a collective and direct communication with our inner world.
Curated by Helena Frei & Chris Mitchell, Hard Twist 10 Memory winds its way through textiles, a constant thread that runs through the earliest archaeological fragments, the latest experimental synthetics and everything in between. Textiles hold memory, recall memory, record – and occasionally obscure – memory. In some recent incarnations they even have memory. Opening reception on September 10th 7-10pm on the 3rd and 4th floors galleries. On view August 27, 2015 to December 27, 2015 on the 3rd and 4th floors of the hotel.