Judy Southerland

Words

Efforts to make new plans, to change what has gone before can be sincere and full of hope, all necessary for our human condition, but in reality new plans are provisional and always 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. 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. 

 

Traditional glazing makes for a deep atmosphere representing time, (quickening) and space (extending). I alternate colored glazes with the layered stenciling of a recurring text until it fragments and mostly disappears into the translucent dark. 

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