BIBELOTS: SMALL OBJECTS OF CURIOSITY from Judith Ferrara
July 1 - July 31
For the month of July, Bibelots, a series of drawings by Worcester artist and poet Judith Ferrara, will be on view and for sale in our cafe.
Stop in anytime during regular business hours to check it out! Free and open to the public with safety protocols in place. Masks must be worn, no more than 12 people in the store at any one time. Tue-Fri 10-5, Sat 10-4
The Bibelot series is the fourth iteration of a meditative drawing technique called the Zentangle Method that Judith learned in a May 2009 workshop. Each series has had its own life, but its DNA is in drawing free-form patterns. Every Bibelot is an evocative abstract composition, bursting with shapes that dance, collide and come to rest in a harmonious, complex design.
The exhibit concept and title came from a poem, “Poor light,” by Mark Waldron, published in the October 2017 issue of Poetry. It is an ode to poor light. When Waldron used the word “bibelots” to describe eyes, it sent me flying to a dictionary to appreciate exactly how perfect a word it is – “bibelot: a small object of curiosity, beauty, or rarity” (The Random House Dictionary).
Something else struck me. That was precisely what I had been creating for the past two years! Small – In 2016, I had decided to reduce my series size from 8” squares to 6”. Object – because of the 2” cradle, each piece mimics a box. Curiosity – intricate abstract patterns draw viewers close, as they try to figure out the shapes. Beauty – even though I believe each one is, I offer viewers 31 bibelots to decide. Rarity – that’s the one-of-a-kind nature of most art.