Judy Southerland

Words

Images can build back weight and meaning into the body of lost, corrupted words. How is this possible? By allowing my physical body to lead the way in making an image which carries a lived experience. 

In this series I address the relationship of word to image and question the relationship language and history have to the new plans we make for change.  I look to traditional glazing for making a deep atmosphere representing time, (quickening) and space (extending). Glazing alternates with the layered stenciling of a recurring text until it fragments and mostly disappears into the translucent dark. Efforts to make new plans, to change what has gone before can be sincere and bright and full of hope, necessary for our human condition it seems, but in reality new plans are provisional and vulnerable. They float like colorful scraps of paper atop the sea of history. Our best strategy is to keep making them even as we try to remain aware, flexible and open, because the nasty surprises will come, the tape will release, and we must begin again. 

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