Northern Virginia Community College’s Waddell Art Gallery Presents Caryn Martin Water’s Edge

By Editorial Team on January 24, 2022

Tue, 18 January 2022 - Fri, 18 February 2022

Caryn MArtin, Breaking Wave, detail, installation of monotypes on tracing paper, 2021.

In Water’s Edge, Caryn Martin continues her exploration of printmaking as installation, using translucent monotypes to reference a moving body of water. This installation connects with Martin’s ongoing interest in using the ever-changing atmospheric conditions of landscape as a metaphor for the shifting nature of human emotion, while also reflecting on the precarious, tenuous state of the environment. In Water’s Edge, she embraces the sublime—thinking of the ocean as awe-inspiring and unpredictable.

In Martin’s interdisciplinary practice, she is interested in bringing form to the intangible while using materials and processes that are often fragile or provisional. Monotype printmaking is at the core of her recent work; as she begins her process, a plexiglass plate is inked once, using marks that imply patterns and forms found in nature. She then adds water in multiple stages and pulls many prints until the ink is fully removed from the plate. The paper is allowed to curve, curl, wrinkle, and warp as it responds to the ink and water.

At the start 2020, Martin’s single works shifted to layered installations of multiple prints that appear to push off the wall. These installations are contained but also break the traditional frame and two-dimensional surface; they feel both unified and divided, heavy yet light. Water’s Edge is a continuation of this body of work, but with an aim to use the space of the gallery to create an immersive experience for the viewer.

Bio: Caryn Martin
Caryn Martin is a Baltimore-based interdisciplinary artist whose work integrates printmaking, painting, collage, photography, and installation. She received a BA in Studio Art from University of Maryland, College Park and her MAT and MFA degrees from Maryland Institute College of Art. In recent years, Martin has taught color theory, two-dimensional design, and introductory time-based media classes at the Maryland Institute College of Art. She has shown her work regionally at Catalyst Contemporary, Creative Alliance, Maryland Art Place, Mitchell Gallery at St. John’s College, Anne Arundel Community College, MICA, School 33, Institute of Contemporary Art Baltimore, and the Delaplaine Arts Center. In recent years, she has participated in residencies in the Umbria region of Italy and in Halifax, Vermont.

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