Blue/Grey 1, 2017, Wool, silk, dye, 12 x 10 inches.
I am reminded of something that once flew, 2018, Wool, white brass, 42 x 39 inches.
Like water I have no skin (2), 2017, Wool, silk, dye, 12 x 10 inches.
Lucretius, 2019, Wool, linen, pigment, 32 x 24 inches.
Dove Descending, 2019, Wool, linen, pigment, 32 x 24 inches.
Martha Tuttle, a multidisciplinary artist born in Santa Fe, New Mexico, has shown her work throughout the U.S. and abroad. Natural materials of wool, silk, and dye are worked by hand, each resulting piece having undergone an immaterial transfer of energy through Tuttle’s physical and meditative touch. The artist’s relationship to materiality is revealed further by the inclusion of small “stones,” both actual and cast polished metal, and of fabricated steel weights. These elements add another layer of visual incident and mark-making, to further open a dialogue of possibility and substance, light and weight. Overall, the unification of immaterial energy with material form results in constructed canvases and loosely hanging paintings that vibrate with a felt, unseen force.
Her solo and two-person exhibitions include Silent Transformations at Deli Gallery in New York Like Water I have No Skin at Radical Abacus in Santa Fe; Still Becoming at the Rhona Hoffman Gallery; Nesticulations at In Limbo, Brooklyn; and Metaxu at the Tilton Gallery in New York City. She has been an artist in residence at A-Z West (Joshua Tree, Calif.) and the Ucross Foundation in Wyoming, and has received several fellowships, including a travel fellowship from the Josef Albers Foundation and a research fellowship at the Beinecke Rare Books and Manuscripts. She has held residencies at the Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program in Brooklyn, NY, the UCross Foundation in Clearmont, WY, A-Z West in Joshua Tree, CA, the New Mexico School of Poetics in Ojo Caliente, NM, and Grin City Collective in Grinnell, Iowa. Tuttle earned her MFA in the painting and printmaking department at Yale in 2015 and her BA at Bard College in 2011. She currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
Review of Martha Tuttle and Henry Chapman at Rhona Hoffman Gallery.
Review of Martha Tuttle at Tilton Gallery.