Julia Martin, (left to right) Your Wings Will Never Be Still, A Means by Which to Measure the Passing of Time, Photographs, 24x32, inkjet prints, 2015

Julia Martin, (left to right) Your Wings Will Never Be StillA Means by Which to Measure the Passing of Time, Photographs, 24x32, inkjet prints, 2015

JULIA MARTIN, MFA '15, Near Far and Somewhere In Between, Group Exhibition at Lonsdale Gallery

MFA Graduate Julia Martin exhibits new series of photographs at group exhibition at Lonsdale Gallery in Toronto, curated by MFA Graduate Stanzie Tooth, including BFA Graduates Annie Taylor and Laura Demers. The exhibition Near, Far & Somewhere In-Between runs from October 17th - November 22nd, 2015.

From the curatorial statement: Our relationship to the land is complex.  In an age of ecological upheaval, a new generation of artists is looking to the land as a metaphor for the human condition, ranging from the everyday to the surreal. Near, Far & Somewhere In-Between brings together three such artists: Laura Demers, Julia Martin and Annie Taylor who each take on the theme of the landscape as a means of self-expression and discovery. In examining their relationships to nature, these artists reveal new ideas of coexistence with the land. In their totality, these works speak to an intimacy with nature, tinged with cautionary messages of (self) preservation.

Julia Martin’s photographs show close-up images of natural elements such as foliage, grasses, plants and animals.  These works borrow the filmic language of the establishing shot, the atmosphere in each piece speaking to a space imbued with emotion.  For Martin, these are interior landscapes, her own sense of self reflected in found elements. The plant life she captures allude to ideas of mortality and the cycles of life – they grow and decay, they are affected by outside forces beyond their control, they are fragile and beautiful in their resilience. Light plays a critical role in these works. Often shot at night or in overcast conditions, lighting tempers the mood of each scene.  For this series, the artist uses a cellphone camera and low-fi techniques to achieve a diaristic tone.  In some works the degradation of the image is enhanced, exposed, to speak to ideas of memory and nostalgia.  Martin’s photo diary of the land speaks to the artist’s transience and her continued search for a connection to place.