Statement:

 

In recent bodies of work, I explore the everchanging atmospheric conditions of landscape as a metaphor for the shifting nature of human emotions. 

 

There is an aim to bring form to the intangible while using materials and processes that are often fragile or provisional.

 

I am also interested in blurring boundaries between media and challenging notions of how a print, painting, or photograph should be experienced.

Unfolding/Ungrounded

In 2014, I developed Sjögren's Syndrome, an autoimmune disease that impacts my body's ability to create moisture. Around this time, I began experimenting with a process of monotype printmaking using water as a way to move and manipulate ink on a plexiglass plate. The plate is inked once, using marks that imply the patterns and forms found in landscape and bodies of water. Then, I add water in multiple stages and pull many prints until the ink is fully removed from the plate.

Using water as a change agent is an integral aspect of the work, but my use of paper is also important. Paper is allowed to curve, curl, wrinkle, fold, and warp as it responds to the ink and water.  Large-scale installations of my works on paper shift between intention and improvisation as I construct layered, atmospheric wall pieces. 

 

My prints, collages, and installations reference landscape, yet they feel ungrounded. The unpredictability of the process and materials reflects the uncertainty of my condition. Water, used as medium and suggested through depictions of atmospheric conditions, is always present in the work.

© 2021 Caryn Martin