Monday, December 31st, 2012

Judy McCaig. Fragments That Became Jewels

 

 

I arranged to meet Judy McCaig one Friday morning.  We were lucky since it was a sunny day.

 

Un divendres al matí vaig quedar amb la Judy McCaig i vàrem tenir la sort de gaudir d’un dia assolellat.

 

 

 

 

In the same flat where she lives, in the Raval area of Barcelona, she has installed her studio in a big room with two balconies through which sun enters and makes it warm and friendly. It’s a space of calm and chaos at the same time; I think it’s a place where I could easily feel comfortable working.

 

Té el seu taller en el mateix pis on viu, al barri del Raval de Barcelona, en una gran habitació amb dos balcons i el sol que entra per la finestra la fa càlida i acollidora. Un espai de calma i caos alhora; penso que és un lloc on fàcilment em sentiria a gust per treballar.

 

 

While approaching a table with some pieces in progress, Judy tells me that her working method has changed, in the past her drawings served to reproduce a jewel with accuracy. “I used to transform my sketches into exact drawings for a piece and try to reproduce it in silver and different colored golds.”

 

Mentre ens acostem a la taula on hi ha unes quantes peces començades la Judy em diu que el seu mètode de treball ha canviat, temps enrere els dibuixos li servien per reproduir una joia amb precisió, “acostumava a transformar els meus esbossos en dibuixos exactes per fer una peça i intentava reproduir-los en plata i diferents metalls de colors”.

 

 

 

Now, she works more freely, already her sketches are not rigorous drawings but rather rapid notes of technical solutions, ideas and compositions that are in her head.  “The drawings have served to outline my idea and create a direction for the work. Sometimes I have a clear idea of the elements and materials that I want to use and the piece is worked on and solved quickly, but infrequently, the piece is “right” straightaway, pieces go through countless changes before being finished.”

 

En canvi ara treballa més lliurement i els esbossos ja no són dibuixos rigorosos sinó més aviat apunts ràpids de solucions tècniques, idees i composicions que volten pel seu cap. “Els dibuixos han servit per atrapar la meva idea i crear una direcció de treball. De vegades tinc una idea clara dels elements i materials que vull fer servir i la peça es resol i es fa ràpidament, però d’altres vegades la mateixa peça requereix incomptables canvis abans de ser acabada”.

 

 

 

Judy, throughout thirty years of work, has experimented and investigated with all kinds of techniques and processes to obtain new results. “Painting, adding textures, mixed media, brushstrokes, rubbing out, painting over, and sanding back are all techniques that I use not only in painting. The connections between each discipline becoming closer each time.”

 

La Judy, al llarg de trenta anys de feina, ha anat experimentant i investigant tota mena de tècniques i procediments per aconseguir nous resultats. “Pintar, afegir textures, utilitzar tècniques mixtes, pinzellades, esborrar, pintar novament al damunt, polir, són tècniques que no tan sols faig servir per pintar. Les connexions entre disciplines s’apropen cada cop més”.

 

 

 

 

She shows me how she uses metals, perspex and formica on which she draws, engraves or sculpts, and how she adds color to the pieces using paint, enamel, resin and gold leaf, in addition to setting stones and fragments of glass.

 

M’ensenya com fa servir metalls, metacrilat i fòrmica sobre els quals dibuixa, grava o esculpeix i com posa color a les peces utilitzant pintura, esmalts, resina i lamina d’or, així com també col·loca pedres I trossos de vidre.

 

 

It is really great to see on a table an opened book of painter Joan Hernàndez Pijuan and when I ask about her artistic references she mentions Julius Bissier, Ben Nicholson, Cy Twombly, Constantin Brancusi, Alberto Giacometti, Mark Rothko, James Turrell, Marino Marini, Jean Dubuffet, Giuseppe Penone, William Scott and Eva Hesse.

 

Em fa molta il·lusió veure un llibre del pintor Joan Hernàndez Pijuan obert damunt una taula i en preguntar-li pels seus referents artístics em cita a Julius Bissier, Ben Nicholson, Cy Twombly, Constantin Brancusi, Alberto Giacometti, Mark Rothko, James Turrell, Marino Marini, Jean Dubuffet, Giuseppe Penone, William Scott i Eva Hesse.

 

Judy McCaig at DTerra Gallery surrounded by her solo exhibition “Wilderness of The Unknown“ which will be shown until the end January 2013.

 
Currently, Judy McCaig has a solo exhibition at DTerra Gallery among many other projects: a solo exhibition in Madrid, her work has been selected to be shown in “Ferrous” the exhibition organized by Velvet da Vinci Gallery and Crafthaus, and is also taking part in the “New Nomad Exhibition” at the Museum of Modern Art in Arnhem (Holland) along with other activities to be confirmed.

 

La Judy McCaig té actualment una exposició a la galeria DTerra i molts projectes: una mostra individual a Madrid, el seu treball ha estat seleccionat per l’exposició “Ferrous” que organitzen conjuntament la galeria Velvet da Vinci i Crafthaus, i també participa en la “New Nomad Exhibition” del Museum of Modern Art d’Arnhem (Holanda) entre d’altres activitats encara per confirmar.

 

 

 

Brooch: Between 2012
Silver, perspex, enamel on copper, formica, paint, gold leaf, tombac
10,8 x 5,2 x 1 cm

 

 Brooch: Desert Star 2012
Mixed media, silver, rock crystal, herkimer diamond, wood, tombac

 

 
You can find all older posts from her published on this blog by clicking here.
 

Podeu trobar tots els posts anteriors referents a ella publicats en aquest blog clicant aquí.

 

 


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