Star Watcher

Delita Martin American

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Martin layers colors, patterns, symbols, and techniques to create art that fuses, what she terms, "the real and the fantastic." Here, Martin pays homage to Elizabeth Catlett, an artist and printmaker known for her championing of social justice and positive representations of Black women. Martin combines linocut, a relief print method frequently used by Catlett, with hand stitching and decorative patterns. According to Martin, her subject represents the quiet strength and "natural beauty, cultural identity, and the complexity of the African American Woman." Behind the figure, a large circular form rendered in a purple floral pattern evokes the moon and its association with women and their spiritual life.

Star Watcher, Delita Martin (American, born Conroe, Texas, 1972), Linocut, hand stitching, decorative paper collage

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Delita Martin, Star Watcher (2021.53.1) © 2020 Delita Martin