Stella Jones Gallery

Delita Martin ||| An Intimate Conversation

201 St Charles Ave #132

April 4, 2019 - May 28, 2019

Delita Martin

Waiting in the Garden

 

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Delita Martin

Blue Rose

 

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Delita Martin

Fireflies in the Garden

 

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Delita Martin

Guardian

 

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Delita Martin

Martin, Delita, Travelers, self-portrait

 

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Delita Martin

Shadows in the Garden

 

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Delita Martin

The Seeker

 

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Delita Martin

Wild Flowers

 

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Delita Martin

Woke

 

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Press Release

In her second solo exhibition at SJG, Delita Martin explores how women of color have traditionally been defined and command our attention by giving them prominence through the use of large- scale portraiture. In this new series, printmaker Martin uses a variety of mediums, including various printmaking techniques, painting, drawing, collage and hand-stitching, and even repurposing vintage jewelry into her layering process.

This layering allows me to convey a sense of time, history and movement. In these works, I am also exploring the different signs and symbols that help define the space women reside in. In my previous works, the backgrounds communicated a specific sign, symbol, or icon to assist the viewer in their conversation with the work.

Those signs and symbols helped define the perspective of the image. This new body of work transitions the women and their place of residence into a spiritual realm. Where the symbolism is less defined, the shapes are floral and more organic, and the icons are left for the viewer to ponder and create a space for the women to be birthed into.

Delita Martin Martin is based in Huffman, Texas. She received a BFA in drawing from Texas Southern University and an MFA in printmaking from Perdue University. Formerly a member of the Fine Arts faculty at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Martin’s work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally in numerous portfolios and collections, including the State Of The Art: Discovering American Now at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in northwest Arkansas. She was also included in the International Review of African American Art as one of sixteen African American artists to watch who were gaining national and international attention in 2015.

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