Sculpture, public art, and studio production, which include two-dimensional works, are all part of my art practice. My ongoing research of scale, intrinsic material structure, and imagined form is the unifying factor and indelible relationship between each genre. My studio practice’s fluid boundaries inspire the creation and long-term viability of works that fluctuate between permanence and impermanence. Each work, is an integral part of a larger, more cohesive body of work that tells a continuous story.
I envisage space and form that represent action, ritual, repetition, and experimentation. Ecosystems, decomposition, rebirth, sedimentation, and transformational form are all present in my work.
My expertise excells in Nature Based Art, Studio Works, Works on Paper, and Public Art Sculpture
Martha Jackson Jarvis
Artist Statement 2022
Nature Based Works
“Art and the Environment”
My works reflects the urgency to return to the land and natural environments to access and activate the narratives that are both hidden and exposed there. Conceptually, my work blurs boundaries between sequential and spatial narratives. I unearth resonant forces in the environment, reimagining them within the contemporary world. Art is thesentient breadth and nexus that explores relationships and contingencies linking the physical materiality of Nature, Science and Humanity.
Umbilicus the ultimate form of resistance, as it contains within it the seed for regeneration and renewal. A thing so private, so essential to self that it stretches across boundaries into mysterious places beyond the margins where animate and inanimate merge, where gender bends and contorts then starts anew. Umbilicus affirms that we are not solitary creatures alone. Umbilicus provides a link to the interminable source that binds us one to another and to earth’s immutable forces.
Works On Paper
Blue Bloods Series
Inspired by an ancient living fossil of the sea, the Horseshoe Crab (Limulus Polyphemus) whose existence dates back 450 Million years. The blue blood of this ancient creature is harvested and used in medical research to detect bacteria. The Hemocyanin in their blood, high in copper, is blue, powerful and treasured. The Blue Bloods have not had the need to evolve… the Fifth Day of Creation… All creatures of the sea came forth… this creature has had the power to elude evolution. They are true Blue Bloods of the world.
Music of the Spheres consist of seven mosaic spheres that create an imaginative environment and establishes a functional poetic space to be used by a diverse audience.
Historically, music of the spheres is a system of ideas and theories about the order of the universe that have traveled through time and culture, to inform our lives. Dating from the Babylonian premise that the cosmos is comprised of seven spheres to Pythagoras, who in 542 BC founded the idea that the universe could be explained in musical terms with numbers. Further, Plato describes celestial music where the paths of the heavenly bodies correspond to a specific musical tone. Later, it evolves into Kepler’s Harmonies of the world
and the birth of modern astrophysics. The mysterious concept of music of the spheres has influenced art, science, and mythology and is best described by Shakespeare who states… “Such harmony is in mortal souls!”… The sway of these influences still has the power to inform contemporary humanity and provide extraordinary fare for contemplation.
Family Circle, celebrates the Buckeye site and establishes a meaningful place of welcome for the community. Family Circle creates a dynamic place that encircles and invites users through the space and towards the campus buildings. Upon entry, viewers are invited on a journey of exploration and discovery through natural materials, tactile surfaces, ancient symbols, icons, patterns and colors.
Conceptually, the Buckeye Project design examines the evolutionary nature of our advance through time and space in a broad context. It reaches over time to acknowledge glacial epochs, and topographical changes. Cycles of change encoded in the landscape and in the changing stories of human lives are signified. Symbolic artifacts connect diverse cultures entwined in destiny forming Buckeye’s rich community history. Family Circle honors the site and proclaims that we are all heirs to this remarkable place and epic story.
My Initial concepts are drawn from the extraordinary story of Cleveland’s earth formations and their history. Cleveland’s oldest stone formation is the bed-rock of the Paleozoic era. In the Paleozoic era, coal, limestone, shale, and sandstone deposits of the Ohio region were formed.
In the excavation of the St. Luke’s Pointe site, large sandstone boulders were unearthed. In keeping with the “Green Campus” initiative, stones were preserved for use in the landscape design, encircling the site with ancient stone and glass Mosaics.