Back of Beyond
New paintings by southern California based artist Deborah Martin.
Deborah Martin’s work is inspired by the detritus of the human presence in the desert. In documenting these items left to rust, Martin coaxes an unexpected beauty from these buildings, automobiles, and random scraps of people’s lives. Together these objects tell a story of the human need to carve a home out of their sometimes inhospitable surrounding environment. Her paintings depict the hope of a simpler life that has gone awry in the open air of the desert; warm sunsets cast a gleaming desert light on the landscapes - giving its contents a peaceful final resting place. This is not to say the paintings feel uninviting; they have a sense of comfort and freedom within them. The soft focus of the artist’s painting style coupled with the de-saturated color pallet (both inspired by Polaroid photography) give a weathered nostalgic feel to the works.
Deborah Martin received her BFA in paintings from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in 1992. Her work has been published in New American Paintings, Fabrik Magazine, Blue Canvas, and Los Angeles Art & Literary Magazine to name a few. She currently lives and works in Twentynine Palms, California.