Katy Martin

Artist's Statement


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.


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.


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.


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


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


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.


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.


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