Friday, February 26, 2010


These two pieces from my Fables series have been selected for LICArmoryFest, Long Island City centered art events dovetailing with Armory Arts Week, March 3 – 7, 2010. My work can be viewed at Space Realty, 29–09 39th Avenue, Long Island City. There is a reception for this exhibit on Thursday, March 4th from 6 to 8 p.m. Space Realty is a short walk from the 39th Avenue stop on the N or W train (the second stop in Queens from Lexington Avenue and 59th Street). This show will be up until May 25th and can be seen Monday through Friday from 9 to 5.

This location is quite near my studio so if you want to stop over for wine or tea, let me know and you can see my other recent work.

These monotypes were made on my etching press using bits of weeds growing outside my Long Island City studio. As I added additional color and bits of collage, the images came alive and began to tell a kind of story or fable, each one with its own mood and mystery.

Fable of the Five Birds

2009 monotype with collage

framed size 16 x 20 inches

Fable of the Snare

2009 monotype with collage

framed size 16 x 20 inches

Monday, February 1, 2010

Winter Fable

Looking at this piece now, on this frigid morning here in the northeast, lets me relive the process of making it. It began, along with the 6 other pieces in this series, with a simple monotype using some weeds baking in the sun outside of my studio. When I added the blue “pool” with watercolor I was not thinking of winter at all but rather something cool in the summer heat. The piece developed by gradually intensifying the color and adding as collage elements slivers of paper that read as “birds.” These bits of line and color began to create a world of their own and seemed to generate a narrative or an action. The choice of naming this piece a “fable” came from this sense of a hidden story or drama. The fascinating thing about making an image like this is that I’m able to let it grow as it will. The image begins to tell its own story and creates its own world. You can see the other six pieces in this series on my web site, Dianne Martin Art.