Wednesday November 16, 2022

Redeemer University
777 Garner Road East Ancaster ON L9K 1J4
Redeemer Art Gallery

Posted in Art Exhibitions, Arts & Culture

Drawing from Julie Gladstone’s background as a Jewish-Canadian visual artist, musician and mother, “Lullabies in Exile” presents reinterpretations of ancient Judaeo-Spanish lullabies that mothers sang to their children during their long walks into exile and escape from persecution. For Julie, this experience runs deep as her own family was exiled from Spain in 1492. The Decree of Expulsion required Jews to convert to Catholicism, be executed or be permanently banished from their country.

As a new mother living through a global pandemic and witnessing the plight of climate refugees around the world, these nostalgic, haunting melodies hold just as much resonance for Julie today. Since many of these lullabies were sung while these women knit, embroidered and sewed, she’s created soft, wearable paintings that can easily be carried in traveller’s bags. They also act as prayer shawls that are meant for resting, feeling grounded and entering into a meditative state. Other elements – stones, keys – are incorporated into the installations, reimagining inherited rituals for today’s context.

The exhibition will open on November 16, 2022, with a reception from 5-7 p.m. It will be on display in the Redeemer Art Gallery until January 19, 2023.

Julie Gladstone is a Jewish-Canadian artist of mixed Ashkenazy and Sephardic descent whose work has been shown internationally and across Canada. Her paintings are widely collected, and her work has been supported by the Toronto Arts Council, the Ontario Council, the Government of Quebec and, most recently, with an Ontario Graduate Scholarship for her interdisciplinary research at OCADU.