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Morning
Ink on Vintage Lithograph
Serigraph
Monique Martin
21 x 16", 53.34cm x 40.64cm
2019

 

 

Artist Statement

The common man is not concerned about the passage of time, the man of talent is DRIVEN by it. Thoppenhauer

 

Time is ever changing, uncontrollable, influential and affects everything on this planet. It is a personal measure with which we align ourselves with everything else; people, projects, landscape, climate, advancement, achievement, history.  The present is an elusive destination as the passing of each moment subtracts time from our lives. We can’t describe “now” because “now” is the past immediately after it arrives. This makes it very difficult to look at something now and predict accurately how it may grow in the future.

Time is an invisible cage that we are in, trying to regulate when we wake, eat and work. Despite this attempt, our circadian rhythms make decisions for us that ignore the construct of time, a communal creation of humans. Attitudes about time regulate life and rhythms of life regulate attitudes about time. In an era when the internet has perpetual daylight, it challenges our biological rhythms and attempts to quantiy and understand time.

We strain towards the future to evaluate our own present. Time is our own personal system for keeping our memories straight. We have a retrospective view of our lives by which we judge ourselves, and which can lead to corresponding errors of anticipation as we attempt to predict our future. Time is really a reflection of what each person determines. Time’s effects are both visible and invisible, felt and not felt. Events are triggered by other events, often not by time. 

Time gains its value in its infinitude. Time never ends, it never began. No clock started at the moment life began and no clock will stop if life on earth stopped. Each year is one trip around the sun. Thousands of futures are possible in that time frame. One split second can decide an outcome. Time is a rigid bonelike structure, fossilizing the future.

 
     

First Caress
Ink on Vintage Lithograph
Serigraph
Monique Martin
21 x 16", 53.34cm x 40.64cm
2019

 

 

Pandora's Box
Ink on Vintage Lithograph
Serigraph
Monique Martin
21 x 16", 53.34cm x 40.64cm
2019

 

 

Waiting Audience
Ink on Vintage Lithograph
Serigraph
Monique Martin
 21 x 16", 53.34cm x 40.64cm
2019

  My climate change poster! I may not be Greta Thunberg but I wanted to make a statement about plastic bottles in my own way. This is a lithograph print from 1886 originally titled “Pandora’s Box” and I have silkscreened on top of it with images of the plastic water bottles. The plastic bottles in our world were let out without an understanding of the implications, which is why I used Pandora’s Box for this piece. As a society we need to think about the end life of the products we bring into the world, invent and purchase rather than just think about the convenience or the filling of a want in life.
Definition — Pandora’s box: A process that generates many complicated problems as the result of unwise interference in something. Unintended consequences can be staggering sometimes.
 

 

 

 

Rendezvous
Ink on Vintage Lithograph
Serigraph
Monique Martin
21 x 16", 53.34cm x 40.64cm
2019

Rendezvous in the forest anyone??? Eleanor of Aquitaine needed a way to remind King Henry II of what time it was when he was out on a hunt; this way he wouldn’t forget about their secret rendezvous. So she gave him a sundial and in return he made an even more beautiful replica of it for her, with the inscription “Carpe Diem” meaning “Seize the Day.” I own a replica of this sundial and used it to create this piece. The original print is called “The Rendezvous” and is a lithograph from 1886. I added the sundial silkscreen/serigraph over the print and am delighted with how the faces are framed in the sundial as

 

 

Butterflies _ Time's Up
Ink and magazine on Stonehenge
Linocut and collage
Monique Martin
21 x 16", 53.34cm x 40.64cm
2019

Where have all the butterflies gone? This piece is called “Time’s Up”. I’m continuing to work on some new concepts and ideas, this one is the loss of wildlife, insects in particular in this one. The butterflies are encased in an hourglass. The hourglass is a linocut and the butterflies are a collage. The registration (lining up the collage and print) was challenge on this one.

     
  Times' Up  
 

Inspired by a recent conversation with a former school teacher of mine, I decided to post “When is the last time?” These pieces are about life and the environment. We never know when is the last time we will see another person, experience something or when the last of a species of birds sings. Each moment, even the unpleasant ones, are precious and form us into the person we are. I truly believe that opportunities and experiences multiply as they are seized, so I try and seize as many as I can, even if they are scary or will push me to the limits of my abilities.
This piece is created from a 1977 book about birds. I cut out one of the birds and replaced it with an image of a vintage alarm clock that a 93 year old person doesn’t need anymore. I wonder when the last time was that she used it?? And what was she getting up for?

 

Time's Up - Wilson's Warbler
Ink on Vintage book pages
Serigraph
16 x 14" , 40.64cm x 35.56cmcm

2019

 

Time's Up - Marbled Murrelet
Ink on Vintage book pages
Serigraph
16 x 14" , 40.64cm x 35.56cmcm

2019

Time's up - Stellar Jay
Ink on Vintage book pages
Serigraph
16 x 14" , 40.64cm x 35.56cmcm

2019

Time's Up - Bank Tailed Pigeon
Ink on Vintage book pages
Serigraph
16 x 14" , 40.64cm x 35.56cmcm

2019

Time's Up - Tuffted Puffin
Ink on Vintage book pages
Serigraph
16 x 14" , 40.64cm x 35.56cmcm

2019

Time's Up - Black Oyster Catcher
Ink on Vintage book pages
Serigraph
16 x 14" , 40.64cm x 35.56cmcm

2019

Time's Up - Dunlin
Ink on Vintage book pages
Serigraph
16 x 14" , 40.64cm x 35.56cmcm

2019

Time's Up - Violet Green Swallow
Ink on Vintage book pages
Serigraph
16 x 14" , 40.64cm x 35.56cmcm

2019

Time's Up - Fugoud Hummingbird
Ink on Vintage book pages
Serigraph
16 x 14" , 40.64cm x 35.56cmcm

2019

Time's Up - Black Swift
Ink on Vintage book pages
Serigraph
16 x 14" , 40.64cm x 35.56cmcm

2019

Time's Up - Black Turnstone
Ink on Vintage book pages
Serigraph
16 x 14" , 40.64cm x 35.56cmcm

2019

Time's Up - Bonaparte's Gull
Ink on Vintage book pages
Serigraph
16 x 14" , 40.64cm x 35.56cmcm

2019
 

Time's Up - Oregon Junco
Ink on Vintage book pages
Serigraph
16 x 14" , 40.64cm x 35.56cmcm
2019

 

Time's Up - Chestnut Backed Chickadee
Ink on Vintage book pages
Serigraph
16 x 14" , 40.64cm x 35.56cmcm

2019
     
     
     
     
     

 

 

 

Time is a Rigid Bonelike Structure Fossilizing the Future

Porcelain
3 cm x 120 cm x 5 cm
Handbuilt
33 Mobius Bands from Lare to small and back again

Since the first humans used their spine of 33 bones to stand up and look to the horizon they have been fossilizing the future for others.
Through evolution, skill development, and luck, societies have come and gone from this planet.  Countless decisions were made
in the moment in order to secure a future for themselves and following generations.  Each decision made in the past affected the now.
Each good idea or error in judgement made can be experienced over time, possibly even affecting generation to generation.
When making decisions in the “now” care must be taken because that decision could fossilize the future and impact others who we may or may not meet.