Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Night Women by Delita Martin

Posted By on Wed, Nov 2, 2016 at 3:15 PM

click to enlarge Night Mother by Delita Martin - ELLE PERRY
  • Elle Perry
  • Night Mother by Delita Martin

For the upcoming print edition of the Flyer I wrote about Eso Tolson's "Spectacular Vernacular" exhibition now showing at the Memphis Slim House.

Another local art exhibition that incorporates text to tell a story about African-American life is "Night Women" by Huffman, Texas-based mixed-media artist Delita Martin.

From the exhibition’s statement: [Martin’s work] “deals with reconstructing the identity of Black women by piecing together the signs, symbols, and language found in what can be called everyday life…”

click to enlarge Effie: She Sees The Truth by Delita Martin - ELLE PERRY
  • Elle Perry
  • Effie: She Sees The Truth by Delita Martin

Many of the portraits, inspired by vintage family photographs, feature the women superimposed over colorful, large graphical patterns, a nod to Martin's printmaking background. Others include cursive text or safety pins and other household objects.

These objects are nondescript, but the subjects, these women, are not. From each set of frames, the women make eye contact with the viewer drawing them in to learn more about their stories, their histories.

At Annesdale Park Gallery through November 9th.

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