Week 18: Juli Cady Ryan
“All Takes Time” (4:44 mins) © Helen Davey
(for 4 voices, grand-father clock percussion: chimes, cog wheels, pendulm, chains, glass doors)
“Time Stealer” by Juli Cady Ryan
12″ x 12″ acrylic on stretched canvas, Sold.
Prints are available here Juli’s website & Facebook
“Time Stealer” by Juli Cady Ryan, 12″ x 12″, acrylic on streched canvas
Juli Cady Ryan
This painting was actually inspired by my daughter, Ashley, who has a mental illness called Borderline Personality Disorder. Her illness caused her to shut out her family for a few years. She even moved out. Now that she’s better, I look back and realize all the time we lost with her and the things she missed out on with our family. It made me feel that that time had been stolen from us all.
The emotion for this painting is loss. Loss of precious time with my daughter that I can never get back. Sadness that she had to go through what she did. Also joy that things are different today and that she is back home and a big part of our family again. In the beginning, my intention for my art was just to be bright and happy. But as time went on, I realized I had a story to tell. One of pain, yes, but also one of hope.
“Possum” in the studio
Essentially I wanted to create a patchwork with layers of meaning that touched on the themes of time, loss and hope. But I wanted the patchwork pieces to be a little frayed – not neat and tidy. I was touched by the Juli’s story, particularly by her enduring sense of hope.
“Possum” the cat (currently here on a holiday) was enthusiastic to contribute to this piece on behalf of her feline counterpart in Juli’s painting. I asked Possum if she could provide some cat-speak around the topics of comfort and hope. She was happy to oblige and managed it all in the first take. She’s been starring at the fish ever since…
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Thank you for making & taking the time, to spend time here, in your own time (well, for the time being anyway), and giving my and Juli’s work the time of day.
Prime Time greetings to you,
PS. is it time to feed the fish?
(Possum can’t take her eyes of them….)