Color, dimension, line, and texture, these are the tools that build. I am inspired by the colors found in sky and landscape—by the textures found in bark and shell—by the dimensions seen in rocky terrain. Working with pigment paints mined from the earth, weaving with yarns spun from animal and plant sources, and felting with wool sheared from sheep, these are the things that ground me. Quilting lines enhance the surface and offer another avenue for creative expression. Bird and other animal behaviors inspire me and provide me with a metaphor to the human experience. I see my world through symbols and express these symbols in my work through the use of plants, animals, insects, and three-dimensional forms. Conceptual works speak to my own dilemmas of trying to maintain balance in a hectic and demanding world.
Martha is a past recipient of the Kansas Arts Commission Mini-Fellowship Award. Her work hangs in many private collections throughout the Midwest, California, and Japan and is featured in Corporate, Educational, and Museum collections in both Missouri and Kansas. Public Collections include the Beach Museum of Art on the campus of Kansas State University, Hilltop Child Development Center on the campus of Kansas University, and Interstate Bakeries Corporation in Kansas City Missouri.
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