“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, audiences might 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. Her work is steeped in the process of discovery and invites others to engage in active imagination, to establish a visionary relationship with our material world.
Common themes in her work include the gender dilemma, systems of power and social violence. She employs a queer-feminist lens to look beyond fixed social boundaries. In much of her current work, Marten considers audiences as self-situated 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 art fairs, institutions and virtual exhibitions including Artpowher Contemporary, Zurich, Switzerland, Spring Break Art Fair, New York, NY, Foley Gallery, 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 University of Tennessee, Women's Impact Fun, Zuckerman Museum, University of North Carolina Charlotte, and in private collections across the world. Marten has lived in multiple cities in the U.S. and is currently waiting out Covid in Charlotte, NC. Her work has been featured in Art Forum, ArtNet News, Popular Photography, Observer, Galerie Magazine, among others.
Remember when you wanted to be an artist and they told you couldn't be?
Photo Credit: Lynn Griffin Roberts