In her most recent body of work, Martens continues her exploration of mixed media printmaking, focusing on the complexities surrounding the human impact on our oceans and their inhabitants in contemporary industrial society. In this work she furthers her investigation of the human-animal relationship and issues of open space and confinement, as well as physical and psychological space.
In addition to teaching and creating in the studio, Martens enjoys swimming, Nordic skiing, and practicing yoga and meditation in her free time. After a recent move from Colorado, she is excited to be back on the east coast and teaching art at Hollins!
Areas of Expertise
- Mixed-media printmaking as well as drawing, encaustics, and papermaking.
- Drawing I
- Paper, Print, Book
- Intaglio Printmaking
- Screen Printing (Serigraphy) Intensive
- M.F.A, Printmaking, Colorado State University
- Post-Baccalaureate Certificate, Studio Art, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
- Diploma Program, Studio Art, School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
- B.S., Psychology, Virginia Tech, Minors: Studio Art, Biology
Publications & Articles
- Martens has exhibited her work nationally and internationally, and most recently she had solo exhibitions in Telluride and Durango, Colorado. Currently her work is in Douro, Portugal’s Global Print IV and the 10th International Printmaking Biennial, as well as the 2020 Conexiones/Connections Printmaking Exhibition in Havana, Cuba.
- Martens has been a member of the Boston Printmakers since 2008 (www.bostonprintmakers.org). She has received several grants at the state and college level and has done artist residencies in New Zealand, Venice, Italy, and Vermont, USA.
- Working in series, Martens’ technique is grounded in printmaking, and incorporates materials including handmade paper and encaustic for their fragile yet resilient qualities. Through this work, she examines our human footprint and its impact on our world.