Manifesto, Galerie Calligramme, 2000
I was asked to show in a gallery that was in a vaulted space below a bookstore specializing in art books. It was called Calligramme after Apollinaire’s concrete poems in which the words form the image evoked in the text.
So I rewrote my San Francisco Art Institute artist’s manifesto using kozo fibers cast into the pages of a book. In order to read the text, the paper needed to be backlit, so in true “form following function” mode, I built large lamps, using the text pages as shades, that were meant to be read as well as to read by.
“The installations of Judy O’Shea represent a combination of material interests tempered by an immersion into the centuries-old milieu of rural Southwestern France, where sustenance was achieved through agriculture and manufacturing realized via the elemental principals of Archemedes, very often actuated through the abundant falling water. The necessary infrastructure that makes this admirably efficient system possible is simple, diagrammatic, and compellingly embedded in its surroundings. I feel that all of the above qualities reside in Judy’s installations, thoughtfully personalized through her enduring interests in fiber, textiles and papermaking. There is a recurrent sense of a spatial and functional integration throughout her oeuvre, even as the mill occupies and redirects the river that makes it a mill.