Gimme Shelter

The symbolism of home and shelter is very significant to me right now. I am on the cusp of a major life transition, and home, as I am sure I will have some form of shelter as I go through this, is a bit ambiguous right now.
My marriage of more than 20 years came to an end a few years ago and because of the bad economy I remained in Chicago with my (now adult) kids, unable to sell our loft. I am in the process of negotiating a short sale and crossing my fingers it all goes through, which will allow me to move back to California in the next month or two.

IMG 8234 Gimme ShelterI made this house for Kathy York’s curated exhibit the Artists Village about a year after my initial split. My house incorporates floral/plant imagery for growth, bees for hard work, a heart for healing and love, 

IMG 8235 Gimme Shelter
roots for staying grounded and figuring out where to plant myself and even a couple of female nudes to represent rediscovering what it meant to be a single woman again.

IMG 8239 Gimme ShelterMy finished house is about 10 inches tall.
cicadahouse+pc Gimme ShelterThis was the house that started it all, The Cicada House is about 20″ tall and 6″ wide. The fabric is layered with printed paper imagery and multiple layers of transparant and metallic textile paint, then fused to heavy weight interfacing and quilted. The panels were stitched together and the roof and windows were embellished with embossed metal trim.
web 47 Gimme ShelterI enjoyed making the cicada house so much I needed to explore the house construction further with a couple water themed houses which were featured in a two part tutorial in Cloth Paper Scissors magazine March and May 2008.
web 48 Gimme Shelter

I+Beelieve Gimme Shelter

I+beelieve+det Gimme ShelterI’ve also done a series of houses with stitched painted imagery with embossed metal stitched to them that I like to think of as personal altars. Bees and hives are symbolic of industry and craft, so I like to have them in my work.
birdseye+view Gimme Shelter
birds+eye+detail Gimme Shelter
bees 1 Gimme ShelterThis house series was painted and quilted fabric stitched to painted and hand stitched lutradur with embossed metal stitched to it, sewn to copper screen.

I know there will be more symbolic houses incorporated into my art in the future as a I transition to a new life living in Northern California as a single woman, with kids embarking on adulthood while I explore new forms of shelter.

4 Responses to “Gimme Shelter”

  1. Ann says:

    Judy, you are AMAZING, as an artist and as a person. All the best to you as you make the move back to Cali.

  2. Aw, thank you so much Ann!

  3. Nimue says:

    That you can take pain and fear and make beauty out of it is a miracle to me. I think that’s what makes an artist.

  4. Mary says:

    Let your mind, body and soul be healed, that takes a long time so don’t rush it.

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