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2024 Annual Conference

St. Louis

March 21-23, 2024

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Julia Martin

SPE Member since 2015
Member Chapter: Southwest

Between That Earth and That Sky, I Felt Whole

In the land I see time. It changes and evolves slowly, gradually. Things remain the same for years, centuries; yet there are moments of ephemerality. Working in these grasslands, I become innately aware of the cycles of life, death, and mortality surrounding me. I become aware of my own mortality.

I photograph the land to reveal the inherent beauty of these subtle moments of ephemera. I also explore my own relationship with the land. Being in this place of life and death and rebirth, I long to be a part of that cycle. When I die, I want my body to become a part of the earth, to grow new life. To become a part of the whole.

The work itself is tactile and delicate, taking on the ephemeral qualities of its subject matter. I use elements of the grass in the work and every piece is meant to give a sense of the place. The tactility in the making of the work is reminiscent of the tactility of the land. I want to immerse myself fully into the land through the process of making.

Installation View

Becoming the Land

Landscape Rituals

Absorption

Land Ephemera

Ascension

Tactile

Desert Sage

Strata

Penumbra

Redolent

The Burial

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