On Making Art…

Backstory:

When I was a child, I melted crayons.  No drawing or “coloring” for me.  I craved activities involving repeated actions and construction: embroidery, braiding, weaving: I made gum wrapper chains, lanyards, kites, potholders and models.  We lived in California, Hawaii, the Philippines and Japan. I still have vivid memories my parents’ garden: warm cherry tomatoes, roses, worms, bees, butterflies, fireflies, mud pies, grass, ants, fences, dirt and snapdragons.  

In that outdoor childhood space, I discovered and cultivated a relationship with revere and an inexplicable curiosity about opposites: 

order and chaos
heavy and light
control and impulse
solid and liquid
remembered and forgotten
one and the many
known and unknown

Concept:

Ideas for my work reside in memory and experience…a smell, a sight, an idea, a touch.  I make the work to navigate towards an understanding of the outside.  

Materials:

The materials can be liquid and solid, warm and cool, soft and hard and anything found… I work with: wax, steel, thread, plaster, glass, wood, rubber, plastic, cement and paper. 

Process: 

I stack, glue, sand, rub, weave, wind, unwind, cut, wrap, polish, tap, drill and accumulate.

A Note on Multiples:

Repetition can often reveal, through the smallest detail, what is essential.

-Susan Martin

2016