Judy Southerland


"Fly over the borderland, do not pierce it..."


"Desire and denial, rupture and connection hold tight in a space where terra firma has gone missing. In such a place, maintaining balance is crucial. Here, gesture is a survival tool and vehicle for the most necessary expression."

                                                                                                                   --Laura Litten 


The title of the work "Some Tales," is a tip of the hat to an early piece by the sculptor, Martin Puryear. In my version, action begins with two young women, new friends, clearly reciting the alphabet for the other, each in their first language, one English and one Italian. Repeated efforts become a burst, a repetitive chorus bracketing images inspired by various dramatic details from two Caravaggio paintings reimagined and brought forward. Hold and release become narrative drivers.

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