Suzette Marie Martin is a figurative painter based in New England.
She uses archetypal figures, the narrative potential of body language and allusions to mythology, combined with data, symbols and text, to examine the existential trauma of compounding environmental and climate crises.
Martin's practice, rooted in drawing and developed in series, is informed by topical scientific research, observational studies and art historical reference. Layers of gestural marks, opaque passages and translucent washes reveal Martin’s working process of describing and obscuring elements of figuration, text and abstraction.
The American Psychology Association describes eco-anxiety as “fear of environmental cataclysm from observing the seemingly irrevocable impact of climate change”. Martin’s work acknowledges the “unequivocal scientific evidence” for anthropogenic climate change, and bears witness to the consequences of intensifying ecological decline.
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