American artist Suzette Marie Martin employs body language to evoke narratives of human relationship with the environment and each other. Recent work pairs medical text and diagrams with isolated figures in gestures of distress, bearing witness to the emotional consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. Her Anthropocene series explores ecological collapse through an ecofeminist perspective, combining molecular symbols and chemical formulae with nature deities struggling to survive. Past series use the unguarded body language of sleep to signal both intimacy and estrangement within domestic relationships.
Martin's practice is informed by observational studies and inquiry into environmental issues, with references to academic art traditions, goddess mythology and 20th Century expressionist mark making.