Katy Martin

Artist's Statement

1

I paint directly on my skin, which I then photograph and print out digitally.  The final images exist as digital prints on cotton rag paper.

2

For years, I've been investigating gesture in painting and this implicates my whole body.  The imagery plays on illusions of control, about our bodies and also about art.  I started this work (almost twenty years ago) as a way to find myself, literally, within the language of abstraction and reshape it based on my own experience.

3

I also take photographs on the street and combine them with pictures from the studio.  I use the camera to record evidence of movement, which I think about in relation to gesture.  It’s all part of my continuing attempt to locate myself within shifting contexts.

4

That sense of dislocation and change is perhaps why my work is a hybrid form, one that combines painting, photography and performance.

5

As a media artist, I need to explore technology as a forum for global conversation.

6

I began traveling to China in 2005 and have an ongoing dialogue with artists in Shanghai.  As a result, I am also exploring what my art has to do with a calligraphic sensibility.

7

For the past five years, I've been exchanging photographs - one each week, every Sunday without fail - with an artist in Berlin.  Over time, we're developing a rich correspondence and a shared sketchbook of visual ideas.

8

Since 2012, I've been collaborating on performance-based work with three artists in Paris. Our collective is called The Meeting Point Project.