By Danielle Kalamaras
Mother Nature anthropomorphizes the natural world as a nurturing force symbolized through the endless love a mother provides to her child. To mother nature is to reciprocate this metaphorical life-giving force through acts of ecological sustainability. This maternal trope is a figure of speech, one that personifies eternal love into acts of conscious living. Artist Mary Ivy Martin unearths this mythologized generosity by literally showing what it means to love, and be loved, by nature.
Martin uses her own body and interacts with organic materials to explore more universal questions regarding human existence and contemporary identity formation. After living around the country including Virginia, New Mexico, and Arizona, Martin has been settled in Bushwick, Brooklyn for the last several years. Her work is featured in the online exhibition Un-Natural Nature, curated by SciArt Center's Arts Program coordinator Danielle Kalamaras.
Mary Ivy Martin's Artist Statement:
"Watering a rosemary plant with the sweat from my face, taking a houseplant on vacation with me, and posing for a family portrait with trees adorned in my hair are just a few examples of my practice that exists at the intersection of identity, sexuality, psychology, and ecology. I work with organic materials and objects that are often unwanted, abandoned or ignored. Using models of human relationships and coping mechanisms, I find ways to relate to or interact with the materials by abstracting the materials from their surroundings through anthropomorphizing and identification with the natural objects. The results may be construed as inappropriate, strange or sadly humorous, lending an emotional resonance. Assessing the relationships in my own life, my approach to the ecological is personal."
Visit the artist's website to learn more about her artwork.
Click here to view the online exhibition Un-Natural Nature curated by Danielle Kalamaras which features the artwork of 30 SciArt Center Members.
Please Join the SciArt Center Friday, March 13, for the Opening Reception of Un-Natural Nature
Opening Reception: March 13 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Creations Gallery, 89 Ave. C, New York, NY 10009