(American, born in Canada 1977)
Trigonometric Functions, 2010
oil on linen, 60 x 84 inches
Artwork courtesy of the Artist
Heather Gwen Martin describes her dynamic abstractions as “mini battles of human, alien, and machine forces.” While her compositions may recall the art of classic modernists such as Calder and Miró, her eccentric forms and intensely saturated hues also have much in common with computer generated imagery. The title Trigonometric Functions suggests mathematical equations that are at the heart of computational algorithms; the “machine forces” evident in her otherwise organic abstractions. Martin’s work is very much an expression of our time, allying her with an emerging group of post-digital painters whose viewpoint is influenced as much by new technology as by art history.
Heather Gwen Martin was born in Saskatchewan, Canada in 1977. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of California in San Diego and her graduate degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She currently resides in California.
My paintings are informed by my interests in physiological and cognitive or cerebral responses, and a fascination with that which eludes us about our brains, bodies, and our relationship with the world. Though formal in composition, I seek to portray that which is not readily or easily translated into written language; the response to thought fragments, memories, humor, and resonances—the transference of energy.
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