Delita S. Martin
Delita Martin is an artist currently based in Huffman, Texas. She received a BFA in drawing from Texas Southern University and an MFA in printmaking from Purdue University.
Delita S. Martin
“Wherever two or three woman are gathered together, there is the spirit and authority of Sande.”
“Women create Sande on the spot where they group together, sharing with one another, excluding men. This space is defined by privacy and secrecy—Women together in their womanhood, in a free exchange of words and actions among sisters—This is Sande.”
Sylvia Ardyn Boone—Radiance From The Waters: Ideals of Feminine Beauty in Mende Art
The duality of women in this body of work project the spirit and its connection to the physical world, which reinforces the bond amongst women and how they co-exist in the physical and spiritual realms. The mask seen in the work are my interpretation of the Mende mask, specifically created for young girls being initiated into Sande. These masks are created as a reminder that human beings have a dual existence viewed as one body.
In this work, I am also exploring the different signs and symbols that help define the space the women reside in. In my previous works, the backgrounds communicated a specific sign, symbol, or icon to assist the viewer in their conversation with the work. Those signs and symbols helped define the perspective of the image. This body of work transitions the women and their place of residence into a spiritual realm, where the symbolism is less defined, the shapes are more organic, and the icons are left for the viewer to ponder and creating a space for the women to be birthed into.
related to artwork: New Beginnings, Acrylic, relief printing, lithography, charcoal, decorative papers and hand‐stitching, 54” x 74”, 2017
Delita Martin is an artist currently based in Huffman, Texas. She received a BFA in drawing from Texas Southern University and an MFA in printmaking from Purdue University. Formerly a member of the fine arts faculty at UA Little Rock in Arkansas, Martin currently works as a full-time artist in her studio, Black Box Press. Martin’s work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally. Most recently Martin’s work was included in the State of the Arts: Discovering American Art Now, an exhibition that included 101 artists from around the United States. Her work is in numerous portfolios and collections.
Delita is represented by Galerie Myrtis in Baltimore, Maryland. Galerie Myrtis is a contemporary fine art gallery which represents emerging to mid-career artists who have achieved regional, national, and international acclaim.