Jude Campbell

I have since early childhood succumbed to the lure of collecting found objects. My recent work explores their materials and transformation into narrative installations rooted in personal memory.

 

Marking my seventieth year, I held a residency in the university common area, our Spruce Atrium. This afforded an opportunity to archive decades of memorabilia. From 1969 to the present the oppressive weight of physical and emotional traces of my past -- letters, photos and journals, have gathered dust and earwigs in my basement. Renewed forms were created from this detritus. In excavating the past, periods of lightness, joy and freedom were closely matched by moments of confusion, heartbreak and sadness, often in the same day.

 

The power of the physical presence of the original artifacts to embody history lead me to elevate their accessibility by mounting them in a museum display setting where viewers could see excerpts and handle the documents. The residency proved rich in its ability to connect with viewers, who often shared stories of their own collections, personally amassed or bequeathed by relatives. Frequent conversations centred around comparisons of how communications have changed over time.

 

In this residency I dove deeply into regular correspondence between my father and myself over 20 years, enriched by conversations with him over Zoom. This work continues to engage me as I search for traces of my mother, who suffered with Alzheimer’s disease in the last years of her life, and whose physical marks are harder to find. Each step in the process enriches my understanding of life elements that have woven together to provide a stability and contentment I rest in at 70.

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Letters From Away

Mixed media installation

8' x 6'

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Untitled

Mixed media installation

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Performance, video

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Untitled

Mixed media installation

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Love, Mum

Assemblage: wood, plastic, found objects

8" x 2" x 20"

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Contact

@judeofarts

Judeofarts@gmail.com