Katy Martin

Visual Artist

Katy Martin is a visual artist whose work combines painting, photography and performance. She also makes films and videos.

Katy's art - paint on skin - is about the fluidity of borders, and skin itself as a porous boundary that continually shifts and changes.

In Chinese painting, it's not so much the marks you look at, as the way the energy moves around the marks. That space is empty but full, full but empty to allow for the flow of ch'i.

In her current work, Katy first paints on canvas. Then she stands in front of that to paint on, and photograph, her own skin.

The two substrates, body and canvas, are oddly equivalent. Figure and ground become one and the same. The gesture, the movement, extends through both. The body loses substance as it channels where it goes.


Katy Martin      212-334-6964      katymartin7@gmail.com