Judith Dubord, Serie Jardin Éphémère partie deux (2017)
Judith Dubord is a glassworker and ceramist established in Saint-Jean-Port-Joli. In her current collection, The story of an ephemeral garden, Dubord explores the relationship between clay, raw and fired, and plant matter. By expanding on these two organic materials, she creates sculptures that at once capture seemingly incongruous states of evolution and permanence. She is currently pursuing a research/creation project on the interweaving of media and matter. Her practice is intimately linked to poetry and to the ephemeral and impermanent nature of being. Dubord has earned a degree in Artistic Practice Studies from the University of Rimouski, a professional certification in ceramics from La Maison des Métiers d’Art in Quebec City, and completed course work in specialized glasswork at Espace VERRE in Montreal. Dubord says of her work,
“First and foremost, I am a glassworker and a ceramist. However, I am often also a weaver, a photographer, an author, an alchemist. My starting point is matter. I am attracted to matter because of its physicochemical properties and the opportunities of metamorphosis and alteration.
Plant invasions and mycological colonization, their causes and their consequences, are for me sources of observation and inspiration. Repetition, of form and gesture, becomes inducive of a state of receptiveness to the work being created. Then settles in a sense of intimacy leading to a feeling of collaboration with the matter.
I am attracted to processes that are complex and require a certain degree of know-how, such as torchworking, throwing clay, weaving. By performing these ancestral crafts, I feel I am carrying and passing along knowledge and expertise, an important role in this world.
Through my actions and observations, I dive into an emotional, autobiographical and intimate space. My work is a reflection of my relationship to others, my need to take root, my contrasts, and the ephemeral, transient nature of life itself. Through my work I contemplate light and joy, rooting and flying, and try to access yi-jing*.
I work in limited, evolutionary series, the previous object being the genesis of the next one. I bounce off a particular aspect of an object towards that of another. The series then becomes a whole, an incarnated witness of a step-by-step mutation. My approach is symptomatic of the non-choice that I claim.
*yi-jing: higher state of mind, supreme dimension of the soul”