b. 1973 -
Judith Martinez (b. 1973) is an artist, illustrator and graphic designer living and working in the Blue Mountains, NSW. Martinez graduated from the UNSW Art and Design with a Bachelor of Design in 1996, and is currently completing a Master of Philosophy in Fine Arts at the same institution.
Judith Martinez has an illustrious career as a graphic designer and art director, having worked with the Powerhouse Museum, The Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority and the luxury jewellery brand Autore, among others. In 2005 she set up her own design and illustration practice in the Blue Mountains. She has been responsible for the creative for festivals and events in Sydney and designed graphic installations for The Rocks, National Parks & Wildlife, The Chinese Gardens and Australian Technology Park. Martinez’s design practice sees her create visual identities, publications, illustrations and environmental graphics. Her first picture book, The Empty Jar, (under the pseudonym Pablo Browne, alongside writer Craig Billingham) was launched at the Melbourne Writer’s Festival in 2014.
Judith Martinez started exhibiting her artwork in 2012 as part of The Blue Mountains Regent Honeyeater Project, a fundraising exhibition at the Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School, alongside Michael Mandelc and Michael Herron. Martinez’s artistic practice traverses a multitude of mediums, including photographic-montage, analog print, and mixed-media.
There are different elements to my work – collecting, layering and (manual and digital) construction to create a visual map for people to follow. Often, altering fragments from the past to create a present. I displace people from antique images and create new landscapes around them with the use of contemporary photography, exploring human identity and the notion of the individual through time and place. As I rework these photographs (often) of strangers, I develop an intimacy with the subject – who were they and why has the memory of them been discarded? The new landscapes I place them into are stitched digitally from photographs I have taken in various locations, thus creating altered realities for my subjects to inhabit (exploring the notion of immigration, nostalgia and reinvention). Each piece, whether a photographic-montage, analog print, or mixed-media, pays respect to its borrowed subject.
Piermarq has a series of Judith Martinez’s incredible photographic-montages on view in the gallery today!
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Judith Martinez, A gift from the legible world (2016), Photo montage on aluminium, edition of 5, 49 x 90cm
2016 As Far as the Eye Can See, Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, Katoomba, NSW
2016 5 Senses, Virgin Walls, Blackheath, NSW
2015 City of Ryde Winter Art Festival, finalist in the Women’s Art Prize
2015 Trove, Lost Bear Gallery, Katoomba, NSW
2014 Black and Blue, part of the Sydney Writer’s Festival, Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, Katoomba, NSW
2013 Keepsake, Blue Mountains Cultural Centre, Katoomba, NSW
2013 7 Illustrators, The Everglades, Leura, NSW
2012 The Blue Mountains Regent Honeyeater Project, Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School, NSW
2016 Artist in Residence at Cicada Press, UNSW Art and Design
2015 Gunyah’s Artist’s Residency, Port Stephens, NSW
The Empty Jar, Judith Martinez (under the pseudonym Pablo Brown) alongside writer Craig Billingham and co-created with inTouch therapist Jen Dawson. The book was launched at the Melbourne Writer’s Festival, 2014.