Deborah Martin is a contemporary artist and independent curator based in Sky Valley one hundred miles East of Los Angeles, CA. Her artistic work examines the complexities of individual experience particularly in relation to home, isolation and memory. Much of her practice emerges in collaborative conversation with writers and poets, taking form through exhibitions and publications. For the past several years she has been collaborating with the Los Angeles poet and literary critic Nicky Sa-eun Schildkraut.
Her latest project: Portraits of Autism explores the relationship and impact autistic children have within their immediate family. Using visual art, the intent of this new body of work is to create a platform for social awareness while opening up a discussion about available support systems and funding 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.
Martin's work has been featured in numerous publications including art ltd., Palm Springs Life Arts + Culture, Fabrik, Provincetown Arts, Angeleno Magazine, Building Provincetown, The Provincetown Banner, Provincetown Magazine and New American Paintings among others. Her work 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). Martin received her BFA and BS Masters of Arts in Teaching, Art Education from The Museum School of Fine Arts, Boston and Tufts University.
She is represented by AMP Gallery Provincetown, MA, George Billis Gallery, Los Angeles, CA and Melissa Morgan Fine Art, Palm Desert, CA