In her Fragmented Spectres exhibition for The Rocks Discovery Museum, artist and designer Judith Martinez transforms archival items from The Rocks.
By turning three-dimensional objects into two-dimensional photograms, she creates a series of haunting, ghostly images from everyday items. Among the artefacts she incorporates are sherry glasses, medicine bottles and spoons. These objects of the past come to possess new life as metamorphosed light-filled spectres.
“I try to tap into the unconscious mind and treat the layers of memory and thought as an archaeologist would a dig-site – I displace people from antique images and create new landscapes around them, exploring human identity and the notion of the individual through time and place,” says Martinez.
Biography on artist
Judith Martinez is an artist, designer and illustrator based in the Blue Mountains. She is currently a Master of Philosophy candidate at UNSW Art and Design. Her research and studio practice in printmaking and photography gathers information through site-specific fieldwork and investigation into relevant archives (institutional and individual).
Her first picture book, The Empty Jar (under the pseudonym Pablo Browne, alongside writer Craig Billingham), was launched at the Melbourne Writer’s Festival in 2014.
In February 2018, Judith will attend an artist residency at Alfred University, New York.
Judith is represented by Lost Bear Gallery in Katoomba and Piermarq in Sydney.
Learn more about the artist here.