Five Minutes with an Artist: Delita Martin

Artist Delita Martin’s work at Gallery 221 is a mixture of printing, collage, Conte crayons, and stitching. And it’s stunning.

Night Angel by Delita Martin
Night Angel by Delita Martin

Gallery 221 (Hillsborough Community College, Tampa, FL). January 17 to March 2. For more info, visit the gallery web site.

You won’t be bored viewing artist Delita Martin’s work at Gallery 221.  On the surface, it is a mixture of printing, collage, Conte crayons, and stitching. Deeper down it is flavored with implied narratives that are sumptuous and mysterious. And it is unlike anything you’ve ever seen before.

Some works, such as “Night Angel,” employ magical realist elements (the “wings” on figure’s shoulders suggestive of angels), while others are portraits that truly speak to audiences, sometimes across centuries. There are no political statements here, no references to slavery or oppression. The humanity of the subjects is what emerges, through canny stylistic touches, like textures that bleed through backgrounds into faces.

No two pictures are even similar, but they all share a common and highly individualized style that commands repeated looks and even group discussions.

In the following video Delita describes her style and vision, and tells us about three of her pieces.

For more information about Delita and her art, visit her web site.

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Author: Peter Bates

Peter Bates is a writer and photographer living in Florida. He is the administrator of this blog and runs the blog The Bodega Project.

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