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Martha Whittington

Artist Statement Submitted 2016

In my work, I map the borders between life experience and sculpture, striving to engage the audience first with the simple beauty of the made object and then to lead the viewer to listen carefully to the thought and the embodied concept.
The constructed environments I make speak to the tenderness and innocence of the human spirit as it faces the harshness and treachery of life and labor. By recreating the history of significant objects and ideas such as manual tools, antique devices, and life experiences of laborers, I build an immersive experience. This new view of life and labor asks the audience to re-examine concepts, archetypal associations and connotations. The eye encounters the unexpected as mirrored surfaces and sounds merge the viewer into the surroundings. Dialog with the audience is essential to my work, and I am increasingly interested in creating ways in which the viewer’s experience of the concept completes the piece.

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