Don’t Stop, Keep Going (2016/7/8)

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Don’t Stop, Keep Going (2016/7/8) Found fabrics, fishing netting, acrylic colour, cotton thread, string, D-shackle, copper ferrules, stainless steel wire rope, long pad eye, Side 1, approx. 25 x 51 x 10 cm, Joy C Martindale

Don’t Stop, Keep Going has been selected for Wells Art Contemporary, a leading open exhibition for international contemporary art. See the work at the Bishop’s Palace & Gardens in Wells, Somerset, from 6 – 21 October 2018.

Artwork Statement:

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. That’s when 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 will to persevere, into the work.

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Don’t Stop, Keep Going (2016/7/8) Found fabrics, fishing netting, acrylic colour, cotton thread, cord, D-shackle, copper ferrules, stainless steel wire rope, Side 2, approx. 25 x 51 x 10 cm, Joy C Martindale

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Don’t Stop, Keep Going (2016/7/8) Detail, Joy C Martindale

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Don’t Stop, Keep Going (2016/7/8) Detail, Joy C Martindale

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Don’t Stop, Keep Going (2016/7/8) Detail, Joy C Martindale

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