Ella Martin


Painting




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My making is an intimate tactile inquiry into the messiness of landscapes. I am interested in exploring my personal and bodily relationship to natural places. This takes the form of large-scale research drawings made within the landscape using surrounding natural pigments. The surface becomes layered with indexical marks from rocks, and ground beneath me as well as nonrepresentational observational drawing and bodily imprints. Encapsulated into the surface is the weather, and atmosphere of the place as well as the physical matter of the rock and earth. I become a sensory body, reacting to my surroundings, the cold mediated through my body quickening my mark. This process of making enables me to engage with the landscape in a tactile, intimate and emotional way. My body acts almost as a seismograph, translating the surroundings into a visual image -a map my experience.