Art, contemporary use of textiles, exhibition, fabric, Joy C Martindale, Mental Health, New Work, painting, Personal histories, Sculpture, Textiles

Desperate Artwives Open House

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If you are in London this weekend you can see my new artwork Family on show at Desperate Artwives Open House.

Exhibition Dates: 6th-7th and 13th-14th October, 11am – 6pm.

Location: 28 Jaggard Way, Wandsworth, SW12 8SG

The exhibition, Women Space, is a collaboration between Platform 1 Gallery and Desperate Artwives More information at: https://www.joycmartindale.com

Find out more about the artwork: https://joycmartindale.com/family/

The exhibition, Women Space, is a collaboration between Platform 1 Gallery  and Desperate Artwives

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Art, contemporary use of textiles, exhibition, fabric, Joy C Martindale, Mental Health, New Work, painting, Personal histories, Sculpture, Textiles

Desperate Artwives Open House

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Family (2017-18) Found fabrics, cotton thread, German linen, acrylic paint, fabric marker pens, 24 x 23 x 7cm by Joy C Martindale (Side 1)

I will be showing a new artwork ‘Family’ (2017-18) at Desperate Artwives Open House this weekend, 6th/7th October, and 13/14th October, 11am- 6pm, 28 Jaggard Way, Wandsworth, SW12 8SG.

Come by if you’re in the area!

Find out more about the artwork: https://joycmartindale.com/family/

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The Cycle, Part 1

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Untitled (2017), found fabrics, cotton thread, sheep’s wool, Joy C Martindale

THE CYCLE Part 1, 21st April 2018 – a perfect day! 12 South London exhibitions by bike topped off with great company, and tea, curry and beer at the end. Such a brilliant way to map the city, see and discuss art, and develop communal knowledge 👍.

The Cycle, Part 1 was organised by San Mei Gallery in collaboration with artist Harley Kuyck-Cohen.

The Itinerary included:

  1. Heni Project Space (Hayward Gallery), Southbank Adapt to Survive: Notes from the Future. 
  2. Copperfield Gallery, Borough  Ra di Martino: Poor Poor Jerry
  3.  White Cube, Bermondsey Beatriz Milhazes: Rio Azul
  4. VITRINE, Bermondsey Hanae Wilke: Close Quarters 
  5. Matt’s Gallery, Bermondsey Alison Turnbull: If Mimicry Minded
  6. Assembly Point, Peckham Lilah Fowler: nth nature
  7. Hannah Barry, Peckham Wasp
  8. South London Gallery, Peckham Magali Reus: As Mist, Description
  9. CGP London, Southwark Megan Broadmeadow: Seek- Pray-Advance, Episode 1: Eyes Only 

     

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Something to Work Into. Something to Work Against.

I cut off a smallish piece from a section of fishing net I found on the beach. The diamond lattice is broken in places and the nylon threads are frayed and tired. I hold the piece in my hands and consider its flimsiness, then I take a long length of red cotton caulking and wrap it round and round the netting and keep going until the structure is covered and begins to plumpen. I select a couple of my children’s old t-shirts – they’re too worn to wear or pass on and I have held on to them wondering about how to extend their life. I cut them into strips and begin to bind them tightly around the caulking. It’s February and chilly in the studio and I sit hunched over at my desk. The cold makes my movements small and concentrated but I work quickly as I consider my next move. The colours of the fabrics clash with one another: All the better, I think – something to work against. I keep wrapping the strips of fabric until I have something of density to work into – something that enticingly feels as wrong as it does right.

 

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Sidney Cooper Gallery Artist Talks

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Untitled (2017) Joy C Martindale

On 21st February I presented a new work-in-progress at Sidney Cooper Gallery. The evening proved to be a great opportunity for peer networking. Thanks to everyone who also shared their work and provided such insightful feedback!

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New Work in Progress ‘Don’t Stop, Keep Going’

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Don’t Stop, Keep Going (2016-) work in progress, side 1, Joy C Martindale

 I can’t think straight – I’m losing it – My head is going to fall off – I can’t do this – I must do this – I’m a lousy mother – I’m tired – I feel dizzy – I need to be quiet – I can’t keep talking, talking, talking – I, I, I. Too many I’s – Not enough I. I have to stop – Just for a bit – Get it together – Let everything stop moving – whirling inside me. 

How do I help myself get through this?

Whilst making “Don’t Stop, Keep Going”, I have been reflecting on a serious and hard to admit to issue: the tightrope one can feel one is walking as a mother of young children; when exhaustion, sleep deprivation and the need for a break – however short – becomes overwhelming and abnormal notions begin to infiltrate – self doubts and idiotic thoughts that you wouldn’t be having if you could just get a bit more sleep and have a little time alone.

When my children first started school the exhaustion persisted and everything continued to feel like a crazy juggling act. I noticed that when I was very tired I could still work but that my approach was different – it was very much a case of head down and working obsessively on small singular tasks. At first I thought this might be a problem but then, with this piece, I decided to work with it and channel those sensations of the mind and body short-circuiting, which were countered by the self-will to persevere, into the work.

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New Work ‘Before and After the Trial’

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Before and After the Trial (2017) Joy C Martindale

It begins light and flimsy – a small, broken piece of nylon fishing net – but becomes dense and weighty. With each stitch and mark, with each piece of cloth that I wrap around it I feel myself grow calmer. I stay with the work; I anchor myself to it and by doing so I resist the impulse to run. A cloud shape begins to suggest itself, perhaps only I can see it. My son likens the emerging form to a butterfly. But really the work is only itself. I think it is becoming strong enough to take all my feelings. Bits of it are flawed, frayed, damaged, dirty. I keep going, binding it up as one would a bandage and stitching, stitching, stitching. Catharsis comes through repetition until the moment arrives when it can hold itself together.

 And then, after the trial, I return to it again. I am a new person – stronger, more determined –there is more work to do. It is not finished yet.

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