I am fascinated by the human body and how it functions. My sculpture honors the beauty of these traditional forms. It is essential, however, for sculpture to present not only an idea but an underlying emotional narrative as well. As the emphasis of my work shifts from the purely figurative toward the emotive, I am eager to capture the intimate interactions that occur.
My first art class, around 1994, was a watercolor class. I thoroughly enjoyed the practice of art and soon started painting in oils as well. In 1997, a teacher at the National Academy of Design suggested that I try a sculpture class in order to learn about three-dimensionality. I fell deeply, passionately in love with the clay.
Sculpture is a visceral thing for me. When sculpting I am oblivious of a sense of self. The work is no longer about the model or about me. It seems a kind of truth is projected of its own accord while I am immersed in the process, each piece pulling me along with its need to communicate its unique history and message.
Alexandra Martin was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA attending the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and Columbia University in New York. She studied sculpture at the National Academy of Design School of Fine Arts in NYC under Anthony Antonios and Barney Hodes and currently lives and works in Belmar, NJ. Her work is in collections in the US and Canada and is currently being shown in exhibitions in NYC, Texas, Canada, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
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