Dianne Martin Art

My work begins with a monotype, an image made on an etching press that is unique in the way that a painting or drawing is unique: therefore the term “mono (one) type.” My practice is most often to use bits of nature directly on the press to make an initial print. I then develop the print further using many other materials including watercolor, pastel, collage and colored pencil.  The materials I use on the press to make the print leave an indelible embossing in the paper. Often I use that embossing by rubbing delicately on the paper in what is called frottage. I am delighted to see what the things themselves have drawn for me on the paper. As I continue to work on the piece I am looking for that initial image to grow into a compelling visual world that bridges reality and imagination. Almost always the finished pieces from a print run using the same materials will look completely different. Each piece has a life of its own that develops over time from the initial process on the press.

The leaves, twigs and weeds I use in my work come from many different places; the street outside my studio, the shorelines of the Northeast, hillsides in Italy. I am most interested is using pieces of nature that would not be seen as beautiful or remarkable in any way.

I live and maintain my studio in Long Island City, once a mostly industrial area of New York City. My work has been exhibited in commercial galleries, alternative spaces and artist run galleries in New York as well as on the North Fork of Long Island. I am represented in many corporate and private collections, including those of Pfizer, Pepsico, David Rockefeller Jr., Credit Suisse First Boston, and the Manhattan Musicians Union. I have been a resident fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. I am a member of Long Island City Artists and Gallery 35, an artists collective in Manhattan. I have a BFA degree in painting from The Rhode Island School of Design and an MA degree in painting from The University of Iowa.