About

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Photo credit: Lisa Gizara

Artist, Teacher, Photographer

Studio in Saxonville, MA

 

marthawakefield514@gmail.com

Martha Wakefield is an award winning painter and photographer.  Her work has been shown in over 75 exhibits across the country including the Fitchburg Art Museum, Wheaton College and Lasell University.  Awarded residencies include Weir Farm National Historic Site in CT, Vermont Studio Center and Orquevaux, France.  Wakefield’s work has been featured in several publications including Artscope and Watercolor Artists magazine.  And she has written many articles on artists and techniques for The Palette Magazine.  Her paintings are in numerous corporate and private collections internationally. 

Since 2012 Wakefield has been teaching art classes and intensive workshops on painting, color and creativity.  She loves empowering artists of all levels in strengthening their artistic voices.  

 

Wakefield is represented by Powers Gallery of Acton, MA.

Artist Statement

My work is an investigation of the fragility of memory.  I am intrigued by how memory morphs from persistent vividness to fleeting passages to total loss.  Memory has no physicality: we cannot hold it in our hands yet we carry it with us.  It has no weight yet can weigh us down.  

 

We may bury a recollection deep inside until a scent or voice or place conjures its power to rise.  Memory changes with each recall becoming altered narratives.  Through paint, graphite, ink, crayon and cold wax medium I explore its power and mysterious fragility. 

 

My process starts with disorder eventually finding order.  I scribble graffiti-like marks as if journaling in symbols.  The circles act as rocks signifying weightiness while ladders or steps refer to rising thoughts, x’s mark the spot and windows reflect: looking out while peering inward.  These drawings are followed by layering, building and then scraping and sanding the surface to reveal moments, strange journeys of the mark and the history of work.  It is storytelling.  

 

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I use my camera to observe the world around me.  It is a tool to examine a way of seeing.  Over the years I have taken photographs as a daily response to my surroundings and as a diary entry of my visual journey.  These record my curiosity and quirky view of seeking the hidden gems in everyday life.  I use the imagery for the exploration of ideas and as inspiration for my paintings. They are my access to memory. 

Gallery Representation

Powers Gallery

144 Great Road, Acton, MA 01720

978-263-5105

www.powersgallery.com

 

 

Workshop / Classes

2021

Alchemy of Color I via Zoom

6 Tuesdays 3/9 - 4/13

Concord Art, Concord, MA.

Alchemy of Color II via Zoom

6 Wednesdays 3/10 - 4/14

10 AM - 1 PM

Concord Art, Concord, MA.

Play as Creative Practice via Zoom

Sunday 4/18

10 AM - 4 PM

Cambridge Art Association

Embrace the Creative Process via Zoom

Currier Museum of Art

1-day workshop

Saturday 5/1

10 AM - 4 PM

Abstracting the Natural Landscape

Currier Museum of Art

3-day workshop

Friday - Sunday 6/4 - 6/6

Talks

"Illuminating Color Principles as a Dynamic Tool for Photographers," @ Newton Camera Club

7:30 PM via Zoom

"Not Now? Philip Guston," @ Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA, 3/31 via Zoom

 

"Illuminating Color Principles as a Dynamic Tool for Photographers," @ BCA Photo

7 PM via Zoom

Grants & Awards

Honorable Mention, Art in Bloom, Fitchburg Museum, MA.  2020

Juror's Award, Photography 2020 National Exhibit, Wexford Art Association, North Kingston, RI. 2020

Honorable Mention, 2020 ISAP All-Member Online Exhibition.  2020

 

Artist in Residency, Weir Farm Art Center, Weir Farm National Park, CT. 2018

 

Artist in Residency, Chateau Orquevaux, France. 2018

 

Watercolor Artist Magazine: “Ones to Watch 2017.”

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