This day – October 31st – Halloween has brought me back to my early childhood through memory.
It was magic for me! As a hypersensitive, already bookish, artistic child, my dreams came alive on this night.
I am the 4th of nine children (2nd girl after my eldest sister and two brothers) For Halloween, this fact created a built in “Charlie Brown” like gang wandering through the streets of our neighborhood in Northwest Washington as we treat or treated with home made costumes and pillow case bags for as long as we could. Returning home, we ate the spoils from our candy haul until we collapsed into our night dreams.
What do I mean by magic? Do I mean creativity?
Do I mean developing the ability to create your own story – even as a child?
Perhaps,I mean allowing imagination to exist, to grow, to be nurtured.
Or, it may mean to create something undefinable that carries meaning. – A sense of a something that is being created from nothing. Magic?
This Halloween, I share my friend, Theresa Martin’s work as an example of an artist who continues to nurture her imagination to create meaning in a magical way.
Thank you for reading. Happy Halloween.
Mixed Media Collage by Theresa Martin
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Theresa Martin is an artist based in Arlington, Virginia with the ability to create collages with a poignancy that evokes memory as well as mystery.
Her influences include echoes of Jospeh Cornell, Kurt Schwitters,and Lenore Tawney. Using “found” portraits, she creates halos from numbers and symbols and thereby transforms the work into a secular devotional icon.
As a graduate of the Corcoran in the mid-80’s, Theresa has honed her creative skills utilizing a wide range of media. Most recently she has been experimenting with open source AI tools into her work.
The collages in the video are available through distinctstudios.com. You can see the collection of additional available work at her DS Artist’s page.