Emblems / Transfigurations 1990s

  • Transfiguration #25, 1994. Pencil. 23x18cm. ©CARCC.

    Transfiguration #25, 1994. Pencil. 23x18cm. ©CARCC.

  • Tribal Markings Triptych (left panel), 1989. Oil. 81x97cm (triptych 81x 291cm). ©CARCC.

    Tribal Markings Triptych (left panel), 1989. Oil. 81x97cm (triptych 81x 291cm). ©CARCC.

  • Emblems:  Diptych, 1989. Oil. 2 pieces each 79x72cm. Coll:  Private. ©CARCC.

    Emblems: Diptych, 1989. Oil. 2 pieces each 79x72cm. Coll: Private. ©CARCC.

  • Three Emblems, 1989. Oil. 70x80cm. ©CARCC.

    Three Emblems, 1989. Oil. 70x80cm. ©CARCC.

  • Excerpt #7,1989. Oil. 25x30cm. ©CARCC.

    Excerpt #7, 1989. Oil. 25x30cm. ©CARCC.

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“The body transformed becomes icon and totem object, pregnant with mysterious significance and remembered experience…with this iconography Martin reaches for anew female/feminine ethos that see with the body, and becomes a metaphor for power and life.”

Susan Crean, “Women’s Bodies, Women’s Selves, Reclaiming an Artistic Identity”. The Female Gaze column, Canadian Art, Summer 1989.

“In Transfigurations (1986), the subject of the body, flesh and gender emerge as a pre-eminent preoccupation , and attention is trained unflinchingly on the texture and the ambiguity of human corporeal existence…There is for example a diffused eroticism which surpasses gender in all these works…as if the artist were describing a state of cultural androgyny, a futuristic vision of the sort found in feminist fiction where gender remains but sex roles don’t.”

Susan Crean, “Body Language” (catalogue essay). Gathie’s Cupboard, Emblems, Transfigurations, Gallery 101, Ottawa 1989.