Cherry Pickers: The Despoiling of Virgin Minds, Performance, Davidson College, Davidson, NC, 2015
"I once buried a man in his own ideas." - A. Marten
April Marten 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 – and, ultimately, her escape – from an extreme fundamentalist religious group. Common themes in her work include the feminine dilemma, religious identity, patriarchal systems of power and social violence. In much of her current work, Marten invites the audience in as co-creators, together engaging in acts meant to confront destructive systems of power.
Marten earned her BFA in Drawing and Painting from Kennesaw State University, in Greater Atlanta, Georgia and is a 2020 MFA candidate at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She recently completed her residency at The McColl Center for Art + Innovation and is the recipient of the 2019 Terry Burnette Memorial Scholarship, 2019 Office of Research and Engagement Graduate Research Assistantship and the 2017 Seaton Fellowship at University of Tennessee, and a 2016 Placemaking Micro-Grant for public art from Charlotte Center City Partners, NC. Her work has been exhibited nationally, including at Monica King Contemporary, NYC, Foley Gallery in NYC; the Fine Arts Gallery, Zuckerman Museum of Art, Kennesaw, Georgia; High Museum, Atlanta, Georgia; International Cultic Studies Association, Dallas, Texas; Greensboro College, NC; and in Charlotte at Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, Goodyear Arts, Gallery C3 at C3Lab, Davidson College, University of North Carolina Charlotte and in the Mint Museum’s 80 x 80: An Art Show. Her work is in the collections of Women's Impact Fund, Kennesaw State University, University of North Carolina, Charlotte and Ewing Gallery Collection, University of Tennessee and private collections.
Marten is represented by Monica King Contemporary, New York.
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