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Martha Oatway

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Martha Oatway

 

My current prints move beyond the surface of the land to burrow into the seams of rock lurking below the tree line.

 

I work with the geology of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the unseen landscape. The Blue Ridge Mountain range contains the vestiges of the Grenville mountains which existed one billion years ago. Continents collided and parted, the Grenville mountains wore down, the Blue Ridge rose up.

 

My monoprints illustrate what might have been or may be, the inner core of our Blue Ridge environment. They are about seeing the unseen landscape and exemplify the idea of peering into the side of a mountain.

 

Using collagraphs made from simple substances such as glue, carborundum, and marble dust, I create abstracted mini landscapes. I can layer the plates into multiple images, each different and yet related.

 

Beneath the Blue Ridge 1

2 sided collagraph print, both sides shown

Beneath the Blue Ridge 2

2 sided collagraph print, both sides shown

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Afton Nyfer

(cliffs on the coast of Wales)

 

Recent Work

From my paper prints of Maryland and Pennsylvania to the 3 dimensional prints of the coast of Wales I have been drawn to rock formations wherever I live.

 

The two bottom images to the left are stills from a video of my MAFA thesis installation, 'Seeing the Unseen Landscape'. The installation was installed at the Unversity of Central Lancashire, UK.

 

 

 

Stills from a video of my University of Central Lancashire installation, 'Seeing the Unseen Landscape'. The installation was comprised of mirrored plexiglas, black plexiglas(as a giant Glaude Glass) and layers of limestone from Threshfield Quarry in Yorkshire, UK.

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