The artist Monica Aissa Martinez (that would be me…)
Awkward. Doing it anyway.
←In my hand is a jar of cadmium red dry pigment. I’ve had it since grad school. Good quality pigments go a long way. I mix dry pigment with egg yolk, and make my own egg tempera. I give the how to, plus a bit of history, both mine and its, in an early post. I write about my framer who once gave me a duck egg, and an ostrich egg (gag) to try out. And I tell you about my other favorite medium, Casein, yes…the protein. For more about my choice materials click → a little egg, a little milk.
And even though I use paint, brushes and canvas, I identify myself as someone who draws. It may have something to do with the fact that I never took a painting class. And I teach drawing. Or it may have to do with the fact that I use line, and connect the ends to make shapes. Then I fill in with more line. I wrote about this too → Notes on Drawing and Painting.
My other materials are drawing supplies…pencil color, artist crayon, graphite and large rolls of Arches paper, along with smooth sheets of BFK rag (drawing and printing paper).
Well come in…
My messy bookshelf…I bought it at least 20 years ago, from an estate sale in El Paso, for all of $12.00. It’s crossed 3 state borders, it holds books and special stuff. Best investment I ever made. Books…reading…influence my daily work. I get an idea from an event: personal or social…react, research, paint. Curiosity. Why do we/people/society/I do the things we/I do? Who? What? and Why?…read, write, draw…reread, rewrite, redraw. Realize.
Current reading material Rollo May’s, The Courage to Create. So I’m interested in creativity. I do wonder if there is any originality anymore? Does something mean anything? Is anything sacred? The media would have you think not. I beg to differ.
I’ve written about my current work as it presents itself, take a quick view if you’re inclined. If you’re not…no fret, see the work in its completed stage next February.
If you did look…fyi…it’s all completely different now. No, the whole design is not resolved. It’s being finessed. And retitled. I’ll hold that info for a later date.
One of the things that I do most of the time, is make more than one of everything. I work things just a bit different in each instance, I want to know my options before I commit. This is probably how one new work evolves into a series, in my case.
Back to What Goes On and What Takes Place. ↓
In some larger way this is all about where we stand as creative creatures (and/or destructive). In this case, we choose to create for the good of all of us. The creativity is in the form of a visual, an evolving idea, community, slow but steady progress, a process, a give and take that’s natural, mutually respectful, and consists of continual interaction. Given the political culture these days, I’m sure there’s a societal lesson in here somewhere.
4 different woman…
→Mary, who works with our dessert landscape, organic matter, and new media. →Myself, who draws and paints the human figure with egg and milk. →Carolyn, who connects to (and connects us to) animals thru her graphite. And →Sue, who takes all these subjects and more, and freely and deliberately abstracts them.
…work, share, and create a new experience for themselves and for you, the audience.
You can catch more of my work…
Now, at the Mesa Art Center, The Store (prints).
August, An Invitational group exhibition titled, →Converging Trajectories: Crossing Borders to Build Bridges, curator: Ted G. Decker.
Fall 2010, a solo titled, A Constant Vital Commotion. Central Arizona College, in the Visual Arts Gallery.