Julia Martin Gallery / 444 Humphreys St. May 5, 2018 - May 26, 2018

Olivia Leigh Martin

With this lush body of new work, Olivia Leigh Martin returns to her one true love: the landscape. Rich, dancing textures reveal the artist’s inner nomad. Rambling from the bayous of her native Louisiana to the beaches of New England, and the mountains of New Mexico to the misty glades of Scotland - these paintings interweave connections between the visual and the tactile, landing somewhere between memory and desire. 

Through Artifacts of Return, Martin argues for a species of landscape painting that offers viewers a portal into the sensorial experience of the land itself. Thin runnels of translucent color, dry pigments scraped over pocked surfaces, and thatches of topographical paint allude to the physical conditions of the landscapes in which she works. More than that, these works examine the ways in which a landscape painting may also serve as a kind of talisman for a place, one in which the remembered sense of a place may become reality.

Join us at 6:30p on Thursday, May 10th for an Artist Talk with Olivia Leigh Martin on her solo exhibition Artifacts of Return led by artist/writer/professor Noah Saterstrom. You won't want to miss this discussion between two of our favorite artists. To RSVP, click here