We asked the artist Judy Thomas about her Matrix:Renewal Project, and how she used We Love Colors tights in this Sculptural Installation.
What is Matrix:Renewal about?
MATRIX:RENEWAL temporarily transforms one storefront in Newburgh, NY and builds upon my work over the past twenty years, which brings art to the general public.
I use simple modern materials like recycled plastic, We Love Colors Nylon tights, metal and vinyl to transform 3-dimensional space into sculptural environments that activate our senses. I believe that serious art does not have to look serious,but can also be fun. My work conveys a spirit of joy that speaks to generations and crosses cultural boundaries. Creating temporary on-site installations is my passion, and working in public spaces allows interaction between the community and myself.
“The challenge is to engage the community to create something fun as well as thought provoking.” ~Judy Thomas, Artist
‘MATRIX’ was originally conceived and developed in 2011 for an empty store front in Waltham, Massachusetts, a community in transformation. The response was overwhelming. Curious passersby pressed their noses to the window to look in and question what was happening in the abandoned space. Their experiences defined the piece – children found a fantastic playground inside a giant spider web, others experienced a sensory dance of light and shadow, and one MIT mathematician described it as “Buckminster Fuller on acid.”
In Matrix: Renewal Installation Judy used our neon colors nylon/Lycra tights to make the sculpture pop up against the black gallery background. Adults and Kids attended to the venue to wrap up their “life troubles” in recycled shopping plastic bags and tape, and throwing them through the colorful spider like rainbow installation. Symbolically the problems stay there and people left the space refreshed, renewed after a joyful moment.