The foundation of my paintings begins with multiple layers of color. The interplay between light and dark creates a spatially infinite space, akin to looking into a reflecting pool or through mist. Simple hieroglyphic-type shapes positioned between the layers act as a compositional anchor, subtly revealing their ghostlike presence within the ambiguous space. Like an echo, they exist in both the present and the past.
I am fortunate to live in a place where the environment is simultaneously rugged and fragile. I spend a lot of time looking at this natural world and engaged by its inherent tension. I am acutely aware of what has been lost to me through development and climate change, as well as the more immediate register through which I experience change in the moment. My work exists at the intersection of observable space and memory, which is more fluid and interpretive.
As an artist, I want to distill that which feels urgent, fleeting and ephemeral about my life into something tangible. Like a map, a body of work lets me mark where I've come from and offers a path forward.
Martha Sedgwick received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from The School of Visual Arts in 1978. She has exhibited widely throughout the United States and in New York City at Rosenberg + Kaufman Fine Arts, A.I.R. Gallery and Artists Space. Her most recent solo exhibitions were April 2012, Stephen Rosenberg Fine Arts, and October 2013, The Painting Center, New York City.
Her work is included in many private and public collections, including the W Hotel Group, McKinsey and Company, and Golden Artist Colors.
Sedgwick lives and works in New York City and Truro, MA.