Art helps us remember what we have forgotten, who and what we are and why we are here. Thus my work integrates stories, myths and dreams as I explore relationships and spirituality. Originally the northern landscape, which for me represents both wilderness and wildness strongly influenced my work and was reflected in much of the imagery I produced. Now my art expresses the inner landscape, the passages from birth to old age and looks at the underside of experiences. This has led me to explore a more symbolic expression of subject and to become more reliant on color and ... Read More
design and less on line.
A quote from Dante’s The Divine Comedy, “Mid-way in life’s journey, I found myself in a dark wood having lost my way,” is present in some of the images as theme and in others a whimsical air is expressed. My art reflects the ragged edge of aging, the transition from traditional roles to the reach for the independent self. This process, for me, involves a humorous response to the jokes life plays on us. The restlessness of the human condition is also part of my work, and I find inspiration in stories and myths because they sometimes tell us who we are and how we can emerge as more conscious individuals. Most of my work is large and life size and invites you to enter the mystical, magical world of the imagination and there discover your intrinsic worth and the mystery of the Other.
The restlessness of the human spirit threatens to overwhelm, and art can throw us stars and bring us to an experience of transcendence. My personal experience of the ongoing process of healing is present in my images. I hope my art draws you to look deeper and higher. In my quest for enlightenment I just pick up my brushes and start to paint.
Judith Ingwersen’s Artist Talk September 29,2005
The feedback I have been receiving from my show is ‘Joy.’ I am humbled and honoured to hear that some are happier and lighter as they leave my show. I did not know what I was about when I began, except that the story I choose as a jumping off spot – and believe me this whole experience has been a huge leap of faith – the story of Ariadne- is a quest of sorts and ends in celebration and throwing a crown of stars. Sister Wendy says this is what artists do for us and what we can all do for one another – to take life lightly and honour the divine in one another. So the theme has evolved from taking a path less traveled to an expression and sharing of Joy.
A year ago June this show was offered to me and thus began an adventure where first this story was found and then a title and then mailart began with a labyrinth in mind. The labyrinth of the Ariadne story began as an observance of the significant dates in the calendar year, and half way through the year in the midst of winter it expanded into a travelogue. I became a virtual traveler. There would be no time to take a real holiday, but I could imagine traveling around Canada. I found the more I realized I wouldn’t be going anywhere the more I thought about going somewhere – anywhere! I think the real reason for a holiday is so we stop thinking about it all the time! So the experience of preparing for this show became one of freedom and lightness in the midst of the apparent turmoil of day-to-day living.
First, let me explain that a labyrinth is very different from a maze. One can and usually does get lost in a maze, but in a labyrinth there is only one path in and out. Like traveling, a labyrinth offers surprises and is not predicable……… In Saffron Waldon I walked the largest turf labyrinth in England. It’s a mile to the center and a mile out again. The first two of the four large outside petals were predictable because they were identical, and I relaxed into a meditative trance, but the third one took me by surprise even though I know labyrinths are not predictable! Before I had ever walked a labyrinth I thought of a labyrinth as a locked place because I had confused a labyrinth with a maze and at the Hampton Court Maze I never did get to the center, so mazes and labyrinths represented frustration and fear for me. I’m usually good at puzzles, so this came as quite a surprise. Since this experience I have been guided into a labyrinth, and as I navigated a real one, I have found some of the keys, some of the secrets found at the center. I now regard a labyrinth as a metaphor for life.
Well, I know from traveling there are many ups and downs and often the events on the journey are at cross-purposes to what I intended and expected. Take for example the year we took our daughters to England and our youngest daughter had whooping cough- a disease the British don’t inoculate for. The month was spent watching the pears ripen outside her bedroom window and when she was well enough, watching the goldfish in the lily pond in the backyard and eating raspberries from the garden. It was a blessed time in spite of the circumstances and on the way home she asked when we could go back to see all the things she missed the first time. Today she lives in England!
Travel is like life itself - full of good and bad, light and dark. And I know if you are journeying well, the first rule is adapt or stay home. So acceptance is a first key, as life throws its curves at us.
In Ian Brown’s Globe and Mail column in July he wrote “We travel to
Shifting Transversions, Within the Labyrinth” (with Mary Green,) WKP Kennedy Gallery, North Bay, 2005. This is a traveling show: Timmins, Sudbury, Sault St. Marie, Cobourg
Retrospective, North Bay, 2004
In a Dark Forest, North Bay, 2005
Sealskin Woman, White Water Gallery, North Bay. 2003
Skeleton Woman, White Water Gallery, North Bay, 2002
Manitou Women's Event, Sudbury, 2001
Art and the Sacred, Retreat, North Bay, 2001
"Songs of Nature", North Bay, 2000
Commingle, Goderich, 1999
"From Ragged Edges", White Water Gallery,North Bay, 1999
Reception for the Queen, Canadore College, 1998
"Echoes of the Inner Landscape", Joan Ferneyhough ... Read More
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