North America, American, Alabama
28 in. x 21 1/2 in. (71.12 cm x 54.61 cm)
Medium and Support:
Blueprint and watercolor on handmade paper
Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts Association Purchase
Like many artists working in the 1980s, Robert Martin takes an autobiographical approach while investigating themes of identity. Martin's work during this period stemmed from photographs he took of Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Local dance and other native art forms influenced him greatly. He states that modes of "transportation and buildings with bright color looked like art...art combined with life." Untitled #4 merges historical references of a place with the artist's own experiences, allowing Martin to locate where he fits within culture.
Martin employs a complex process to create his dense, tactile constructions. In Untitled #4, the artist layers and collages torn pieces of handmade paper, with blueprint paper, creating the image on top of the variegated surface.