Printmaker Delita Martin, who made a splash on the Arkansas arts scene several years ago with her woodcuts and who has been a lecturer in art at UALR, is showing new work at Boswell-Mourot Fine Art. The exhibition, “Piecing Together,” opens tomorrow, Feb. 16; the artist will talk about what I think is her very fine work at 7 p.m. tomorrow night at a reception in her honor.
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Martin’s work was recently exhibited at Hearne Fine Art as part of the V.I.T.A.L. Collective show “Celebrating Cultures, Liberating Minds.” CORRECTION: Sorry! Big mind skid there. That was Martin’s student, La Toya Hobbs.
A statement from her website:
Delita’s current work deals with reconstructing identity. By piecing together the signs, symbols, and language found in what could be called everyday life from slavery through modern times, my goal is to create images as a visual language to tell the story of women that hav lived but often have been marginalized. Throughout history, the marginalization of Black women has led to problematic representations of their roles within community and family structures, as well as problematic visual and textual representations; thus making it difficult to document their positive contributions within collective systems.
Through her work, Martin has created a series ofportraits that expounds upon the role of African American women within the community and other social structures. Within her work she uses a series of domestic objects as a visual vocabulary. These objects show a connection to daily life and provide a visual language that gives voice to the women represented.