For this new series of recorded virtual studio visits, GOCA’s director and chief curator Daisy McGowan invited artists from across the Rocky Mountain West to share their current studio situation, including insights into their artistic process as well as the challenges and opportunities presented by social isolation. The studio visit is among the most intimate exchanges in the art world, providing curators, critics, collectors and peer artists a chance to learn about the artist’s work and process.
Robert Martin - Artist Statement
Robert Martin grew up in the Midwestern United States and references the wildlife art that was prominent in many homes he knew in their childhood, including in their own family. Wildlife art as a genre has a deep history in the U.S., dating back to Thomas Moran’s depictions of the western landscape that inspired the first national parks to present day artists depicting humanity’s relationship to nature, often in idealized fashion.
Martin intersects their queer identity with their rural upbringing, subverting the visual language of this popular art form while also referencing the identity of the region and the people within it. Their paintings, drawings and installation works present a complex and multi-layered understanding of their own memory, nostalgia, and their own as well as regional identities.
Bug - Lake Portrait, colored pencil over watercolor/gouache, 6x10.5”
Nate - Fruited Plain, colored pencil, 6x10.5”
Golden; ink, colored pencil and watercolor on paper; 10.5x14.5”
Wisconsin Bois (+ Bug); colored pencil, watercolor, gouache, acrylic, and oil on paper in salvaged frame; 18x24”