Anna Marisa Martinez

Anna Martinez focuses her attention on commodification and the mass consumption of objects. Her installations—or, late capitalist still lifes—are a palimpsest of the visual merchandising strategies embedded in retail displays. Engaging the histories of design, fashion, photography, and architecture, Martinez’s collages, sculptures, and installations are constructed through careful consideration of viewership, which is to say, consumership.

Anna Marisa Martinez graduated with a BFA in painting from the Herron School of Art and Design in 2013. She currently works as a Visual Merchandiser, set and wardrobe stylist, and fashion display designer. She maintains a private studio practice in Jersey City, NJ.

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Color is the most relative medium in art. This fact has always influenced my work. Through my collages and photographs, I can explore aesthetics in a very active and engaging way for myself. I consider what I do painting. The only difference is that I am more efficient, organized, and involved. For the viewer, I create combinations of different media that attract the eye. I want to appeal to one’s sight and engage them in the act of “seeing” rather than that of “looking”.

The instability of color is juxtaposed by the stability of form. The form has to be strong so that the eye has something concrete to grasp onto. Even though the relativity of color is the main motivation of my work, I overshadow the actual colors with assertive forms and shapes. The color is an supplement to the form and shape. 

My work is influenced by Minimalism. The work reveals the essence or true identity of a subject by including only the important elements. Minimalism utilizes geometric shapes and Gestalt principles to abstract the work. The movement produced work that did not focus on the subjectivity of traditional painting. Secondly, the Formalist movement has been another influence on my work. Their philosophy focused on form. The elements important to form were the way the work was made, the aesthetics, and the medium in which the work was created. Also, they emphasized the use of color, line, shape, and texture, which are all elements that I showcase in my work.

With the goals that my work sets out to achieve and with the influences that I have, many people wonder why I do not make paintings. In my mind, I am still making paintings; however, I do not think traditional painting would convey my intentions correctly.

All of these reasons have contributed to my process of making work. With collage I am constantly producing work and actively engaged in the act of making. This forces me to solve problems quickly whereas in painting I was consumed with mixing paint rather than solving the problems in the whole composition. This has allowed me to focus on the important relationships in my work. My work is anti-painting as much as it is traditional painting.

I hate painters.