In the dark of the Night, 2014, embroidery frame, oxidised sterling silver, ancestral linen, embroidery thread, beeswax from a diseased beehive, glow in the dark paint, ink, glue
I think of you, 2014, embroidery frame, sterling silver, ancestral linen, parts from ancestral wedding bouquet, embroidery thread, beeswax, glow in the dark paint, ink, glue
These works explore the intimate, personal, physical space of their display – the bedroom, the most intimate of rooms, where we strip bare, physically, emotionally, mentally.
Vulnerable, alone but not alone.
Anxieties cause restlessness, fears, hopes, bubble to the surface
at the most inconsiderate of times
prodding us awake when all we want to do is sleep
personal and shared, the most intimate of pleasures
we whisper our dreams both real and imagined
to the universe, to each other
to ourselves, we recall our loss
Sometimes the incomprehensible greatness speaks back
past, present and future collide,
a slippage, an opening,
the intensity of this moment is carried, forever.
you awake, alone.
– Bridget Kennedy 2014
Exhibited at The Personal Space Project, 2014.
“Bridget Kennedy’s hands are always busy; in fact Bridget Kennedy is always busy. With an appropriately apprehensive view about the future of our environment and a thoroughly questioning mind, Kennedy responds by filling her life with making. Making do with what she has, reusing and repurposing the old, the lengths of her resourcefulness are stunning. This plays into her practice as a jeweller, her works regularly use the mundane to explore and question how we consume our resources, our time, our money and our energy.
Like much of Kennedy’s practice the works on display are drawn directly from her life and experience. However these particular pieces investigate more profoundly personal memories. Struck by tragedy and a curiously spiritual moment for the artist, these works were conceived specifically for and about the space in which we allow ourselves to be our most vulnerable, the bedroom. By just glancing at the forms and the materials that the works are constructed from such as, ancestral linen, embroidery thread and beeswax from a diseased beehive, you might start to construct a narrative that delves into past histories and sufferings but also speaks clearly of solidarity in embracing domestic actions. These are beautiful and deeply moving pieces, full of subtle nuances and intimate thoughts”. – Zoe Brand www.personalspaceproject.com