My work, whether in paint, photography or video, speaks to my passionate interest in the forces of nature, in particular, water, women and natural vortexes. My paintings are infused with a level of abstraction that often carries over to my photographic work. I find that these different mediums enrich and complement each other and continue to evolve in the context of the surrounding land and sea of the East End.
In The Break series, my photographic study of water captures the 'moment between moments' of surf, invisible to our human eye. These images reveal the inherent sensuality and power of the ocean on the East End, creating a visceral experience for the viewer. Recent winters spent in Byron Bay, Australia have led to an examination of what lies both on the surface of and below water.
As evidenced in the Down Under series, I am drawn to waterways and terrains, peering down into their depths and mapping their surfaces. These images walk the fine line between abstraction and representation, between the fluid and the solid, remaining ambiguous and bold at the same time. They invite the viewer to question the source—photograph or painting—and therefore the very notion of how we identify what we see. Although the images may appear altered, but they are not. In this series we find that nature offers the extraordinary in the ordinary….‘reality’ in the age of manipulation.
Whether I am painting or looking through the lens, I consider my process to be a spiritual act. It is the unifying force inherent in the various mediums I work in.
about the artist
Jane Martin was born in Brooklyn, grew up on Long Island, and spent much of her adult life in France and New York City. She studied art in Tours, France under the direction of a former assistant to and student of Hans Hoffmann and evolved as an abstract painter. Subsequent exposure to European cinema led her back to New York City where she studied filmmaking at New York University. She worked as assistant editor for Al Pacino and as cinematographer and editor for Gregory Colbert (Ashes and Snow) on his first film. This led to twelve years in Paris in the film and television industry, which culminated in her directing and producing the documentary film Silent Sentries, filmed in New York, edited in Paris, and broadcast on PBS.
Martin moved back to New York City and established an art studio on the Lower East Side, returning to painting as a means of creative expression. It was there, in a merging of her film and painting backgrounds, that she developed her approach to video stills. in 2004, she moved her home and studio to East Hampton, New York, where the focus of her work shifted to the primal and powerful forces found in nature, in particular through her long love for and practice of photography.
Martin’s work has been exhibited in numerous museums, art fairs and galleries in New York City, the East End, Miami, Santa Fe, Dallas, Los Angeles and Europe, including Market Art + Design in Bridgehampton, NY and the Long Island Biennial at the Heckscher Museum in Huntington, NY. Martin has had solo exhibitions at Guild Hall, East Hampton, NY and Islip Art Museum, Islip, NY. Her work can also be found in the permanent collection of the Parrish Art Museum, Southampton, NY; Guild Hall, East Hampton, NY; and in numerous corporate and private collections throughout the world. She is currently co-chair of the East Hampton Arts Council, working to support artists on the East End.
THE BREAK #3, archival pigment print on moab metallic pearl paper, 16 x 26 inches, 24 x 39 inches, 32 x 53 inches, 40 x 65.5 inches
THE BREAK #4, archival pigment print on moab metallic pearl paper, 16 x 29.5 inches, 24 x 44.5 inches, 32 x 59 inches, 40 x 74 inches
THE BREAK #6, archival pigment print on moab metallic pearl paper, 16 x 31 inches, 24 x 48 inches, 32 x 61.5 inches, 40 x 77 inches
THE BREAK #5, archival pigment print on moab metallic pearl paper, 16 x 25 inches, 24 x 37.5 inches, 32 x 50 inches, 40 x 62.5 inches
THE BREAK #7, archival pigment print on moab metallic pearl paper, 16 x 31 inches, 24 x 48 inches, 32 x 61.5 inches, 40 x 77 inches
THE BREAK #8, archival pigment print on moab metallic pearl paper, 16 x 31.5 inches, 24 x 47.5 inches, 32 x 63 inches, 40 x 79 inches
DOWN UNDER 3, archival pigment print on hahnemuehle photo rag, 18.6 x 28 inches, 24 x 36 inches, 30 x 45 inches, 36 x 54 inches
DOWN UNDER 2, archival pigment print on hahnemuehle photo rag, 18.6 x 28 inches, 24 x 36 inches, 30 x 45 inches, 36 x 54 inches
DOWN UNDER 5, archival pigment print on hahnemuehle photo rag, 16 x 24 inches, 24 x 35.5 inches, 30 x 44 inches, 36 x 53 inches
DOWN UNDER 7, archival pigment print on hahnemuehle photo rag, 20 x 20 inches, 30 x 30 inches, 40 x 40 inches
ARTIFACT #3, mixed media, 9.5 x 7.5 inches (framed 22 x 18 inches)
ARTIFACT #4, mixed media, 9.5 x 7.5 inches (framed 22 x 18 inches)
ARTIFACT #5, mixed media, 9.5 x 7.5 inches (framed 22 x 18 inches)
ARTIFACT #6, mixed media, 9.5 x 7.5 inches (framed 22 x 18 inches)
ARTIFACT #8, mixed media, resin on wood panel, 10 x 8 inches
PHOENIX I, oil, mixed media on linen, 42 x 42 inches
UNTITLED (RED), mixed media on wood panel, 18 x 18 inches
FOURSQUARE, acrylic, mixed media on wood panel, 24 x 24 inches
FORCE MAJEURE VII, acrylic on wood panel, 12 x 12 inches