America Martin

America Martin, www.americamartin.com

Die Künstlerin America Martin, heimisch ins Los Angeles, besitzt ein besonderes Gespür für Menschen. Scheinbar mühelos gelingt es ihr, die Essenz ihrer Mitmenschen einzufangen und auf Leinwand zum Ausdruck zu bringen. Mit einer bloßen Abbildung gibt America Martin sich nicht zufrieden. Stattdessen erzählt sie mit ein paar kraftvollen Linien eine ganze Geschichte. Das macht sie zu meiner persönlichen Lieblingskünstlerin, die ich euch heute als "Fundstück des Monats" vorstellen möchte.

links: "Pink Tuba, Orange Trombone", 2012, rechts: "By the Pond", 2012, www.americamartin.com

"Blue Bird", 2012, www.americamartin.com

America Martin sagt "There ist not enough time in this life for all the things I want to learn & wonder at this world". Man spürt, dass sie das Leben liebt, die Menschen, die Farben und Formen. Man spürt die Leidenschaft, mit der sie an die Arbeit geht. Und man sieht sie in ihren Bildern. 

America Martin "Insouciance", Snail Press, Los Angeles, 2010

Besonders freue ich mich, dass sich America die Zeit für ein Interview genommen hat.

The introduction on your website says "Martin's work explores her favorite landscape: the human form". Why is the human form this important for you?

I first fell in love with art when I was nine years old. I was lucky enough to apprentice under artist & professor Vernon Wilson of Art Center School of Design in 
Los Angeles CA. I spent every Saturday from the age of 9 to 18 drawing from models. 
I found, that from the form all life comes, and one of his lessons was always be to engaged and curious. These are truths I still practice. So when I draw the form it 
is like coming home.

What inspires you and how do you use this inspiration for your artwork?

I am in awe by the magic of life. I am inspired by people. By their courage, 
and the will people have to work hard and to realize their dreams. It is these
parts of life that most inspire me, it is these parts that I paint.

Also, I genuinely love people, and find life beautiful. So there is a reverence in 
my work, that comes from my love of life & my subject. 

I find that there is not enough time in this one life for me to learn from all the amazing people who have come before. So I am always learning and always inspired.

Do you use a sketchbook or do you have other ways to collect your ideas and inspirations?

To collect inspiration I write poetry, I take photographs. I listen to music and read everything I can get my hands on. The more I learn, the more I am inspired, the more I am inspired the more I want to learn.  

How would you describe your creative process?

My process is like the sea, its ebbs & flows. When I am filled with images I paint for days as at a time without rest. When I am not painting I am outside meeting and talking to people, learning their stories, smelling the sun. 

What's your motivation to be an artist?

Being an artist is not a choice. When I was 9, I bought a Vincent Van Goah book for a quarter at a garage sale.  In its pages I remember feeling waves of joy and relief, 
and I kept saying to myself - ohh yes!! This is my language; this is how I can speak! Van Goah is still one of my favorite artists. And right now I adore the work of sculptor Thomas Houseago.

I saw a video, I think it was a documentary of the exhibition "Through the eyes of children". More than thirty kids took part in a portrait workshop with you. Picasso said, “It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child”. What were the things you teached them and what did they do intuitively?

Working with the children of Ocean Springs Mississippi, was a privilege. When I designed the workshop for my museum show at The Walter Anderson Museum in Ocean Springs, Mississippi. I did so that after the workshop, the children's own art
went up along side my own work, in the Museum exhibition. 

My focus was to let the children find their own voice, and to show them that through art, they could have a tool and a strong way to communicate to the outside world. 
Children have things to say, and giving them a positive way to contribute to their own community was a joy. 

Kids can do anything, But like all of us, they need a safe place to stretch out their arms, wide and develop those strengths. I was lucky enough to see those kids really flourish. They taught me a lot.

Do you remember the first art piece you sold?

The first piece I sold was a nude line drawing to actor Danny De Vito.

Thank you very much, I really appreciate you taking time to talk to me.

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