America Martin. This is America II
15 Feb — 15 Apr 2017 at JoAnne Artman Gallery in Laguna Beach, United States
Bursting with life, vigorous in line, form and color, America Martin’s work showcases her unique and humanist approach to portraying the natural world as well as the human form. Constantly re-defining her artistic practice and the possibilities of expression, Martin’s work is both visionary and diverse in its approach. Martin works in a diversity of mediums including painting, mixed media on cotton rag paper, and sculpture. Beyond her affinity for modernism and iconic forms, Martin’s work is informed by her intensive approach to material and process. Rooted in art historical lexicon, Martin’s work is narrative of the various cultural, anthropological as well as sociocultural frameworks inherent in her subject matter.
Martin’s work is an expansive as well as inclusive expression of her Colombian-American cultural heritage. Her iconic nudes are reminiscent of the prototypical, heroic female nudes of antiquity and of classical inspiration and are impossible to ascribe to any one place or time. Through her diversity of medium the state of the human condition is expressed as well as felt through her work, bringing a closer understanding of the harmonious balance crucial to the natural world.
Humanist and positivist compositions that reaffirm life and the continuity of our modes of thought and the human experience ground the exhibition through Martin’s unique visual language. Scenes of everyday life that link the human form to the continuity of nature permeate her work. Martin continually redefines her oeuvre through new material considerations, continuing the ubiquitous theme of human nature and our relationships with the physical world.