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I wish to connect with others through my work. I spend a lot of time alone looking out across the water. I think about what is important enough to make into art. My stitched marks are my repeated touch, over and over and over. The time spent is evident and that time is my gift to you.
Judy Martin was born in 1951 and grew up on a large property near the North-Western Ontario town of Fort Frances. All her life Martin has studied art and in June 2012, she graduated with first class honours in the second fine art degree she has acquired through distance education.
The artist and her husband reside on Lake Huron’s Manitoulin Island, a relatively isolated place typical of the peaceful beauty she has sought her entire life. This self-imposed retreat has a marked effect on Martin’s work, which is grounded in the phenomenological idea that the sense of touch is the most effective way to connect emotionally with others. Her repetitive stitches communicate directly to our inner world
Judy Martin has participated in more than one hundred group shows in Canada, the USA, Europe, and Japan and she has mounted twenty-four solo exhibitions. The Finnish characteristic, sisu, (courage, optimism, indomitable will) sets Judy Martin’s work apart.
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