The Seeker       Relief printing,  Acrylic, Charcoal, Stabilo pencil, Hand-stitching, Decorative papers    30x 46     2019

  

Working from Oral traditions, vintage and family photographs as a source of inspiration; my work explores the power of the narrative impulse. My process of layering various printmaking, drawing, sewing, collaging, and painting techniques allow me to create portraits that fuse the real and the fantastic. In these works I combine signs and symbols to create a visual language. By fusing this visual language with oral storytelling I can offer other identities and other narratives for women of color. 
Shadows In The Garden focuses on the work of Texas based artist Delita Martin. It highlights works from several exhibitions and works held in various collections. Contents of the book include an introductory essay by artist and curator Vicki Meek, an interview with artist curated Joshua Asante, essays by Dr. Kheli R. Willetts and Gary Reece, and select bibliography. The book also features full color reproductions of all works.

The works included in this publication examines the transition of women into their “spiritual self”. These works reinforces the bond among women and how they co-exist in the physical and spiritual realms. Through the layering of various mediums and symbols I can pull the viewer out of a logical and common world and place them within a space that offers a glimpse into the spirit world.

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I Come From Women Who Could Fly

 

As a child I was surrounded by story tellers and quilt makers. It was not until much later that I came to understand these as forms of art and appreciate their importance and impact on my work. 

Growing up, I loved listening to my grandmother tell stories as she quilted. She referred to the process of making a quilt as “piecing together”. It was in these skillfully stitched pieces of old school clothes, baby blankets, work shirts and torn jeans that she carefully pieced together our history. Her stories were so intricately woven with detail and with such passion I would be left in awe and surprise. Each character left to replay their role long after the story had been told.

My favorite story was that of the Flying Africans. A story of African people whose black wings spread across the sky taking them to places I could only imagine. After had finished telling her story she would smile and say, “You know, you can fly too”.

As I look back on those nights of storytelling and quilting; I now realized my grandmother was flying. She held me tight in words and spread her wings and soared through the sky.

I have used her stories to create a series of mixed media drawings that explores the piecing together of oral tradition and both personal and cultural histories. Throughout these works I have used a variety of drawing and printmaking processes to interweave layers of texture, pattern, and portraiture. Each layer symbolizing complex histories and magical stories deeply rooted in oral traditions. These early experiences and memories had the deepest impact on my work and indeed taught me to fly.

 

Delita Martin-