08 March 2010

In the middle of the year 2008, I produced the piece of artwork you are about to view.




This is one of my favourite pieces.
I hope you enjoy it.




Now would be a good time to grab a cup of Jasmine tea...





xox

46 comments:

Sharon said...

What amazing work. I know I have to play this again and again. Thank you for putting this together. I don't even know you but I feel like I was along with you while you made your discovery. Have you taken it back to show the shop keeper?? This piece deserves to be in a museum.

deMeng said...

Judy Wilkenfeld....you are truly an amazing woman. I say this know that some might see this comment as a bit biased based on our relationship. So I will try to comment as subjectively as possible, not as a partner, but as art appreciator.

You truly have an amazing knack for history and more than that, an amazing ability to personalize history. The stories you tell are not abstract tales, but personal. They are stories that you can feel love, fear, sadness an hope, and this is because of your mastery of story telling. The mastery in your craft is that you use visual elements to bring us all into world you are showing. The textures, the papers, the objects bring us closer to the personal journeys that you explore. It is astounding the discipline you bring to your craft; you are so devoted to authenticity and doing justice to your subjects. More importantly, you not only bring the viewer a taste of a particular space and time, but you also seem to manage to bring us the soul and the heart of the characters. You are truly a gift to the world.
xo
M

Kathy G said...

You have captivated me with this piece of artwork.
At first I was not sure that I wanted to devote the next 30 minutes but once the film began those thoughts disappeared.
The music was so appropriate for the visual. The story of finding these photo's so mysterious. You have talent on so many different levels that came together in such an intriguing way...I am blown away.
I can't help but believe that some cosmic force pulled you into the shop to tell this story.

Keli Hansen said...

in the end i had to remind myself to exhale and breathe in again. i'm so glad you have the sight to find these treasures and the skill to honor each in such a careful way - so that the story, this amazing connecting of dots that you so artfully create... is there for us to known.

Wow... this was a great way to spend my Sunday

Diana said...

MdM's Facebook posting pointed me to your video and I just have to say how much I admire it. You've handled the pieces you bought and the stories behind them with such sensitivity and, best of all, have let them speak for themselves. The music adds beautifully to the film, and so do the pieces of fabric and old rice paper. It's sad to think how many similar pieces were lost in the so-called "Cultural Revolution," isn't it? Did you ever go back to the Chinese antique shop and show the owner what you did with the amazing pieces you bought from him?

Cassondra W. said...

Thanks for sharing this spellbinding journey, yours and theirs! I am always astounded by your work, and it is a real treat to know the background story on such a beautiful piece of work.

Anne, Bulles dorées said...

Your art absolutly fabulous.... It's an amazing creation. Thank you for sharing your art with us !!

Kim Logan said...

Beautiful and intuitive, a genuine story, only you could have uncovered it.
x

Gretz said...

Wow Judy what incredible video's. You are a true ghost whisperer. It's like these souls draw you to tell their stories.
Amazing, both your visual and written talents. I too wonder if you went back to show the antique store owner? He sounded like a wonderful man and was obviously willing to help in your journey to uncover this story......

Judy said...

The shop has closed down, which is a real shame. I happened to go there just as he was clearing out.
So I never got to show him the piece which was a shame.
Thanks for all your uplifting comments.
They are truly appreciated.

Kim said...

To say that you have a gift is quite an understatement. This is one of the most moving and inspiring pieces I have ever seen Judy. Truly beautiful. I am so pleased that you found these pictures, or they found you, and thank you so much for sharing with us. You truly have a unique ability that does tribute to both yourself as storyteller and artist, and also to those whose lives you relate. I have enjoyed every second of watching these videos. The soundtrack was a wonderful choice too. What was it by the way?

Yaya Chique, Home of debi lynn designs said...

My dear friend! You know that having grown up in not only my Cajun culture, but my Native American traditions.....it is so inspiring to see how the spirits guide you, and YOU listen! The way in which you listen to your guides as you tell the story does all of our ancestors proud! You are a true gift from our Creator! Love you....xo...deb

BurningRubber said...

What a wonderful piece of work! You put so much thought into every detail and it truly shows. Thank you for sharing.

Four Seasons in a Life said...

Dear Judy,

I am at a loss for words to express what it is I feel and what is in my heart. Kim says that she is glad that you found these pictures or they found you is a sentiment I agree with.

Having collected photographs of and by others, individuals long forgotten, I can only tell you that I am close to tears.

Like I said, I am at a loss for words . . .

Warmest regards,
Egmont

Seth said...

I am completely and utterly blown away by this work of art. The passion, authenticity, caring and respect that you brought to this creation (as all your others) is so inspiring. You have brought forth a gift here, so special and so unique to you. And your presentation equaled the work. You had me glued to the screen and mesmerized by the story. Fitting that I watched this on Oscar night in the States. Hands down I give you the award for best short film! Congratulations.

Angie in AZ said...

Stunning! I love things from Asia. This piece was very true to you, as an artist. The thoughtfulness and consideration of each element, so crucial. Your heart always comes through in your work. I am curious if you took the finished work to the store owner to see and what the response was!

Mary Helen-Art Saves Lives said...

Dear Judy
my words are totally inadequate when I attempt to share my gratitude for this sacred work you have created in honour of men who were a family and yes who lived? and who died?....You have created a reliquary to show a serene appreciation for their journey...one that would have remained anonymous without the caring hands that reconstructed their moment in time. Tears are hot and salty on my face as I wonder about our involvement in wars that no one can win...and what is winning in a war? I need to get to bed now...it is almost one am here in Newark. Imagine and Live in Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

Mija said...

You have most certainly honored these young men, their relationships and their culture with this exquisite piece! And we are all the better for knowing them through you. Thank you for sharing their story with us.

Mija

Cherie said...

Each time I see your work you take my breath away. Your respect for the discarded is magnificent. MdM's eloquent summation says it all, yes Judy you're a gift to the world. xo.

Chrisy said...

they waited and they waited they travelled and they sat...years and years passed...just waiting for you/ Dear Judith what a privilege it was to watch these episodes/to get a glimpse into your way of working, and into these boys' stories...thank you...

Jo Archer said...

Judy, that film shows us, once again, why your art is so loved and admired. You create work which most of us can only dream about. Absolutely outstanding.

stregata said...

Your art is utterly unbelievable - I just can't find words to express what I feel...
Thank You!

Karen Cole said...

Incredible.

Ro Bruhn said...

Another amazing work of art Judy, fabulous.

Maria Wiley said...

Brilliant, fascinating, intriguing! You have certainly done justice to their memory Judy. You were 'fated' to find these treasures, as only you could put this together in this authentic and caring manner. Congratulations and thank you for sharing this beautiful story and artwork with us.
regards, Maria

Judy said...

Oh Judy! That was sooo interesting! But also...to know that parts of your discovery was included in the collage I just bought! Wow..now I'm even more excited to receive it! Thank you thank you!
x0x0x
Judy

Nancy Gene Armstrong said...

I am going to go finish crying-I don't even know what to say-JUDY JUDY JUDY!!!

Leslie Avon Miller said...

What a beautiful way to share your art, and your heart Judy. Thank you.

Tony said...

Am enriched, enlightened and inspired by this exquisitely crafted work. Nice one Judy.
Tony Gelbard

Tony said...

Am enriched, enlightened and inspired by this exquisitely crafted work. Nice one Judy.
Tony Gelbard

Janine said...

Yet another masterpiece. Thank you so much for sharing this magnificent piece with us all Judy. xo

lindaharre said...

Judy.......Your delicate handling of history once again blows me out of the water! You are a master at your craft......BRAVO!

Susan Tuttle said...

I love the way the beginnings of your VAs take root in magical, mysterious unfoldings and exchanges between you and the people you are destined to meet, who give you important tools along the way. Your work never ceases to amaze -- the detail, magnitude of each work and complete dedication to getting it just right. Bravo many times over.
xo

Sherly said...

what a gift you have....and what a gift you have given me.

;)
Sherly

A bird in the hand said...

I believe the spirit of those young men guided you to that shop because only you could tell their story with such authenticity. I believe Power works through you. Thank you for such a moving piece, enhanced by equally moving music.

You are unique.

xoxo

neva gagliano said...

hmmmmmmm, so nice to be drawn out of MY QUIET by blog friends...the empathetic comment you left on my post: Nonno's eyes, brought me here to visit you...it's been a long time it seems. and having just watched the BEST SHORT FILM (i agree with seth) harbin 1941: the telling of that 'auspicious' story, and the way you honor people's lives with such grace and care, is deeply moving. thank you!neva

deannawelch19@gmail.com said...

Thank you for your lovely comment on my houses! This was so much fun to watch.
I LOVE your tintype journals!
De Anna

layers said...

I can tell that this is a labor of love for you..so strong, poignant,emotional, moving. I love Asian stuff anyway.. I also brought home from Kyoto many old books and all sorts of postcards, papers, receipts, letters.. and have had the same dilemma-- liking both sides of postcards and not knowing how to use them. back to your art work-- I can imagine your excitement to find all this in one place-- isn't it incredible how one country can follow a leader who is a mad man who almost destroyed their history, art and culture? and such young men, with their lives ahead of them, off to war-- why do we have to have wars? such a beautiful tribute here- thank you.

sinnlighet said...

Yes yes yes, your blog is just soooo wonderful and gives me a lot of energy!

A footprint from Sweden by Agneta

ArtPropelled said...

Totally bowled over. Your work humbles me. Judy you are so sensitive, gifted, dedicated and the most amazing person.

Ottilias Veranda said...

I am overwhelmed by this! What a talent You have! Every person on these photos came to life and that´s incredible when most of us don´t understand the language and writings. We (in the west) don´t know anything really about these person who probably lost their lives in the war. This was better than the best war documentary storys on TV, and so much more beautiful art! You should really do a "real" documentary on Your beautiful artworks , the stories are always so fascinating!

Thank you for doing this!

Liisa

Renee Troy said...

Judy,
As I wipe away the tears that have streamed down my face watching this incredible excerpt, I can only say that my entire body resonated with each segment portrayed. You have a gift that I feel honored to witness. Being an artist, I am inspired to do what my soul dictates. There are no mistakes in life. You were truly meant to do this and I am learning my path. You have helped me see this fact. Thank you for showing me the way.
xxxooo
Renee

Jacky said...

Judy these are haunting, the photo's so beautiful and the music amazing. My great grandfather came from Canton had a family in NZ then returned to China only to be murdered by bandits. I guess in a way he returned to his roots.
You where meant to tell their story.

chrisw said...

This truly touched my soul.thankyou
Lest we forget

sallyt said...

Judy, what great storytelling these videos are! They "read" like a Nick Bantock book -- (high compliment from me -- he is one of my favs when it comes to transporting me to a mysterious and captivating place.)
sally

rivergardenstudio said...

The beauty of history and culture is all here. Mystery and passion and the quietness of your thouhts and words... I will watch this again and again. thank you. roxanne