Deborah Martin (b. Boston, 1961) is a contemporary American Painter currently based in Sky Valley, CA. Martin received her BFA and BS Masters of Arts in Teaching, Art Education from The Museum School of Fine Arts, Boston and Tufts University. Her work has been shown and is included in the permanent collection of the Provincetown Art Association and Museum (PAAM), Provincetown, MA. She is a recipient of the Orlowsky Freed Foundation Grant sponsored in part by PAAM (2011) and a finalist in the shortlist of seventy for the 2018 BP Portrait Award, National Portrait Gallery, London.
Martin's artistic work examines the complexities of individual experience particularly in relation to home, isolation and memory. Her stark landscape paintings often feature marginalized communities located on the fringes of American society. In 2016, Martin turned her focus to portraiture developing a long term project Portraits of Autism exploring the relationship and impact autistic children have within their immediate family and community on a continuum.
Using visual art, this body of work creates a platform for social awareness while opening up a discussion about available support systems, funding and housing for both children and adults diagnosed on the Spectrum. Each Portrait focuses in part on relationship, connection and methods of communication. This ongoing series follows the process a family goes through as their autistic child becomes an adult when access to Federally mandated funding is discontinued at the age of 21. The focus of each portrait is to provide an emotional experience and public connection to each subject as a unique individual who is not only defined by their “disability”.
In August of 2018 Martin traveled to Pennsylvania to retrieve boxes of Ektochrome slides taken throughout her early childhood. The working title for this new body of work “The Memories You Keep” is in pre-production.