Forest Candy

Kim Martinez’s work plays with the natural and artificial. Forest debris is repurposed, creating textures viewed through frosting-like paint triggering memories of ribbon candy, cupcakes, and pulling taffy. The synergy between organic and synthetic creates visual flavors and conjures cravings between nature, sweetness, and indulgence. 

Zayda Fleming, Curator

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Pieces; left to right.

Box of Blackness. Oil, alkyd, forest litter on panel. 21"x12"x4". Kim Martinez, 2016.
She Comes in Colors. Oil, alkyd, forest litter on panel. 11"x11"x3". Kim Martinez, 2016.
La Luz in Zephyr at Break of Day. Oil, alkyd, forest litter on panel. 20"x16"x3". Kim Martinez, 2016.
Bluebird, Red Eye, Black Extrapolated. Oil, alkyd, forest litter, on panel. 7"x7"x2”. Kim Martinez, 2016.
La Luz in Night. Oil, alkyd, forest litter on panel. 15"x12"x3". Kim Martinez, 2016.

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Pieces: top to bottom.

Full Of Secrets. Oil, alkyd, forest litter, on panel. 7"x7"x3". Kim Martinez, 2016.
Voluptuous Night. Oil, alkyd, forest litter on panel. 7"x7"x3". Kim Martinez, 2016.

 

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Pieces; top to bottom

Algol Variations. Oil, alkyd, forest litter on panel. 7"x7"x3"Kim Martinez, 2016.
Devoured With Intolerable Fire. Oil, alkyd, forest litter on panel. 7"x7"x3". Kim Martinez, 2016.
In Remembrance of Asking the Future. Oil, alkyd, forest litter on panel. 7"x7"x3". Kim Martinez, 2016.
Colula. Oil, alkyd, forest litter on panel. 7"x7"x3". Kim Martinez, 2016.

Pieces; top to bottom.

Sugarland. Oil, alkyd, forest litter on panel. 7"x7"x3". Kim Martinez, 2016.
Scarlet. Oil, alkyd, forest litter on panel. 6”x6”x2”. Kim Martinez, 2016.
Time/NotTime. Oil, alkyd, forest litter on panel. 7"x7"x3". Kim Martinez, 2016.
Lady Flame. Oil, alkyd, forest litter on panel. 11"x11"x3". Kim Martinez, 2016.

Pieces arranged by Zayda Fleming and photographed by Ann-Marie Cunningham with the intention of capturing the play of light and shadows cast by the paintings.