Turps Correspondence Course (2021-2022)
I returned to painting, at the start of the pandemic and I am currently studying on the Turps Correspondence Course for the 2nd yr of a planned 3-yr enrollment to support my artistic growth & deepen my knowledge of painting practice.Turps Correspondence Course is an innovative programme of online mentoring facilitated through critical, supportive written reviews delivered by a dedicated mentor.
For this year on TCC, I have been working in acrylics on paper and canvas and exploring the potential of working in different modes depending on my mood and mindset- by sometimes working into and out of my feelings and at other times approaching my work with intention thinking about how I want a piece to feel, for ex. playful, buoyant, concise or strong. Following this line of enquiry has opened up new possibilities for an exploration in paint of repetitions of different permutations of motifs to form rhythmic arrangements and structures. Desire For Stars is the first piece in a new body of work, which will bring the thinking behind these two approaches together.
Desire For Stars (2022)
Desire For Stars is a project that is being developed whilst listening to Quatuor Pour La Fin Du Temps (Quartet for The End of Time ) by Messiaen. The work was composed in a prisoner of war camp in 1940 and was inspired by the Apocalypse as it is described in the Book of Revelation. Desire For Stars is taken from Messiaen’s notes on part III Abyss of the Birds: ‘The Abyss, which is Time, with its sadness and weariness. The birds are the opposite of Time: they represent our desire for light, for stars, for rainbows and for jubilant song.’
I like to listen to a single piece of music whilst I am creating a body of work, and for the Blackbird works I have been listening to Messiaen’s Le Merle Noir (The Blackbird) (1952), a short piece for flute and piano. The piece draws on transcriptions of blackbird calls and is a highly organised work of sound and rhythm that feels improvised to the listener just as a blackbird’s song so often does.
We enjoy putting out apples cut in half for the blackbirds that visit our garden. The peck marks in the surface of the apple flesh formed by their beaks creates a beautiful geometry of lines and angles. The Blackbird works are my own responses in painting to the actions of listening to, looking at and thinking about these things, and the paintings are the third point that makes up a triangulation of points connecting the paintings, Le Merle Noir and the patterns in the pecked apple flesh.
This piece came directly out of the experience of painting alongside the participants of my community participatory artmaking project, Nice To Meet You, and I painted in seven colours and used seven squares in each row to represent that we were seven women working collaboratively together.
Birds Are The Opposite of Time (2022)
Works On Paper, acrylic (2022)
Birds Are The Opposite of Time is another project I have been developing whilst listening to Quatuor Pour La Fin Du Temps (Quartet for The End of Time ) by Messiaen. The work was composed in a prisoner of war camp in 1940 and was inspired by the Apocalypse as it is described in the Book of Revelation. Birds Are The Opposite of Time is taken from Messiaen’s notes on part III Abyss of the Birds: ‘The Abyss, which is Time, with its sadness and weariness. The birds are the opposite of Time: they represent our desire for light, for stars, for rainbows and for jubilant song.’
Go Where The Love Is (2021)
About the Artwork
Go Where The Love Is (2021) by Joy C Martindale
The title of this work is a quote from the writer Salena Godden whose mother always told her to go where the love is. By this she meant surround yourself with positivity and spend time with people who believe in you and what you are trying to do.
When I heard these words I took them into my heart – I thought these words can help me as I try to find my way as an artist and a painter.
I think the advice is particularly good because it is also saying in life there will be many moments when you might not be understood or valued and when this happens don’t waste time, move on and seek others who will help you to be your best self.
In Formation, Group Show, Thames-Side Studios Gallery, London
8th-23rd January 2022