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UW-Madison Art Dept. | Fall 2021 Visiting Artist Colloquium: Michelle Martin

September 29, 2021 @ 5:00 pm - 6:15 pm

As a printmaker, Michelle Martin is interested in the depiction of social interactions and societal commentary through experimental, non-linear narratives created by using pre-existing source imagery in a collage/drawing/printmaking hybrid process. While Martin admires the traditional applications, her work focuses on pushing the traditional boundaries of collage, combining it with digital drawing and hand printing techniques to create images that appear to be “unbroken.” She draw from sources from Old Masters and Victorian era popular imagery to clip art. This process is a form of “image sustainability,” a recycling of past imagery into new forms. Both monumental and intimate in scale, the historic images Martin re-purposes encourage a nostalgia for fairy tales and whimsical stories, and also generate disquieting and open-ended narratives that serve as a form of “stealth” political and social commentary. Exploring themes of monstrosity and hybridity, her work investigates the modern experiences of identity, fear and desire filtered through a historical lens.
Fall 2021 Colloquiums
Online at Zoom
Visiting Artist Colloquium: Wednesdays @ 5 – 6:15pm
Art Faculty Colloquium: Thursdays @ 5 – 6:15pm
Discover the latest developments in Fine art, Craft, and Design at our free public lectures by some of the nation’s most prominent artists, critics, and gallery and museum directors.
The Art Department Colloquium is a series supported by the Anonymous Fund and the Brittingham Trust. Visiting Artist lectures are held every Wednesday and Faculty lectures are held every Thursday during the academic year, and are free and open to the public.
Find the full Fall 2021 Colloquium schedule at: https://art.wisc.edu/public-programs/