“My memory stammers but my soul is a witness.”
What I'm Thinking About:
My practice reaches for the intuited ‘something more’ that resists fixed representation. In creative ritual, I float and swim beyond the borders of knowledge in an effort to imagine the impossible. Through installation and performance, private rituals are recreated as spiritual playgrounds for discovery. In these spaces, others are invited to explore their responses and reactions to the formal presentation of the subverted social imaginary, where my stories and their stories, combine into something new. Something about redemption. Sometimes a talisman remains.
April Marten (b.1969) works across media including sculpture, installation, performance art, video, and book arts. Born and raised in Miami, FL, Marten’s artistic practice developed out of her personal experiences with—and, ultimately, her escape from—a fundamentalist religious cult. Common themes in her work include the gender dilemma, systems of power and social violence. She employs a queer-feminist lens to look beyond social boundaries. In much of her current work, Marten invites the audience in as co-creators, together engaging in imaginative acts of play meant to confront weapons of mass social construction.
Marten’s work has been exhibited nationally, most recently in her first New York City solo exhibition at Monica King Contemporary, and at institutions including Foley Gallery in New York, NY; The Mint Museum, Charlotte, NC; the Bechtler Museum, Charlotte, NC; the Zuckerman Museum of Art, Kennesaw, GA; Ewing Gallery, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, GA; Anne Rudd Galyon and Irene Cullis Galleries at Greensboro College, Greensboro, NC, and Van Every/Smith Galleries at Davidson College, Davidson, NC, among others. She recently completed a residency at The McColl Center for Art + Innovation in Charlotte, NC.
Her work is in the collections of the Women's Impact Fund, Kennesaw State University, University of North Carolina Charlotte, and in the Ewing Gallery Collection, University of Tennessee. Marten currently lives and works in Knoxville, Tennessee. Her work has been featured in Art Forum, Observer, and Galerie Magazine, among others.
Remember when you wanted to be an artist and they told you couldn't be?
Photo Credit: Lynn Griffin Roberts