The Give & Take of Making Art
Making art takes courage. Every day, with every piece, I have to face all my fears. Will people like my art? What about my “vision”? Can I recreate it in pigment the way I see it in my mind? Or, and maybe this is worse, will what I make go unnoticed? These fears have not gone away over the years. They still come up every single time, but my reaction to them has changed.
Making art gives me the courage to embrace these fears: rejection, lack, and loneliness. My art and I, we are not an answer; we are neither right nor wrong. Criticism becomes a question open to interpretation. Creating art helps me see that I am as much a work in progress as my artwork; we are enough in this moment. Lack is addressed with each new piece of art. Loneliness? Wrapped in more art and shared, it is a connection to the people and places around me.
Hope Martin (°1968, Chicago, United States) creates pastel paintings, charcoal drawings and mixed media artworks. By taking daily life as subject matter while depicting detailed close-ups, Martin creates art that invites the viewer to take a closer look at life.
Her paintings are characterised by the use of everyday people, animals and objects in which recognition plays an important role. Hope Martin currently lives and works in Columbia, Missouri.
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