My work presents a cultural riddle; existing as a focal point that maintains a blurriness. I’m creating something new that does not yet have a fixed and predictable identity despite a nagging sense of mutual familiarity - you recognize something in the work, it recognizes something in you.
The content I’m working with is reconciling with myself as an artist and trying to understand how exactly I fit into culture and why I’ve made these things for myself and the viewer to look at, interact with and think about. A newer development is trying to understand my affection and passion for design and designed functional domestic objects and how this connects to, or remains separate from, a perceived identity as an Artist.
I like to think about why objects, locations and trends were designed and rise to popularity in society and how I as an artist, can exploit, twist or manipulate them for my own intrigue. I spend time away from the studio, looking at objects and design, trying to create a catalog of references and understanding for the details and perhaps the philosophy behind them. This practice generates works of culturally appropriated imagery, materials and modes of production.
Martin is an artist living and working in Columbia, South Carolina. He is an Assistant Professor of Art at South Carolina State University. He received his Masters of Fine Arts in Transmedia at the University of Tennessee and his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography with Honors from Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri where he was born and raised.