Marta M. McWhorter
mixed media assemblage
Marta resides in Savannah, Georgia and produces her artwork locally, as well as in the mountains around Boone, North Carolina, where she grew up and returns to each summer. She is heavily influenced by her rustic upbringing and this is evident in her mixed media assemblage works, both through the subject matter and material usage. Marta is a young mother and this, too, is referenced in the work, seen as candy wrappers and discarded toys, as well as drawings of toys. Marta also works as a theatrical lighting designer, and production coordinator for events and concerts throughout the low-country area.
The materials are important to the work and therefore are worth referencing separately. As far as the supports and/or construction of the works there is a mix of wood and paper in most of the pieces. The wood, where possible, is reclaimed and repurposed. Most of the wood used in the 2009-early 2011 series’ of works is from various barns and the door and window frames from a farm house in the Boone area. Marta does all of her own framing and construction. The paper comes from discarded library books on art, as well as food and candy wrappers salvaged from her household. There are also many found object including paper price tags, toy fragments, leaves and plant materials, bones and egg shells, sticks, etc. These materials help the artist to weave a conversation between the work and the viewer.
There are beautiful objects around us. Everywhere we go the seemingly mundane things of our everyday lives surround us. These objects rarely get a second glance, but in reality they are begging for it. From the packages we buy our food in, to the houses and barns we tear down to make room for new construction, even sometimes, the books and newspapers we have read; they are all waste, detritus. To me these things sing of beauty. Their worn edges, the earthy tones; yes these things are beautiful. This beauty is one that speaks of age and wisdom, of collective harmony with life and living, of a life already lived, one that is ready to embark on another life. I am a steward of the mundane, of these objects left behind. I seek to let these things live again. To adorn them in thick and luscious paint, let my pen gracefully dance upon them, to juxtapose them with the idea that art is precious and beautiful. I see the art of objects, the time spent long ago to create these things and I want them to live again. I want people to look and to see. I want to awaken their senses in hopes that they, too, will recognize beauty in these everyday objects.