Liljana Mead Martin is a visual artist based in New York City and Salt Spring Island, working in sculpture and installation. Her artwork explores themes of deep time, cultivation and evolution. Martin’s research is focused on the ways people grow sensitivity and resilience within dark ecologies and toxic habitats.
In recent work Martin considers the reciprocity between bodies and land, creating sculptures which depict speculative lifeforms emerging from devastated environmental conditions. These hybrid forms dissolve dichotomies between humans and nature to open up new areas of inquiry.
Martin’s work has been exhibited at The Klondike Institute for Arts and Culture (Dawson City Yukon Territory), Artscape Gibraltar Point (Toronto Island ON), CSA Space (Vancouver), Nanaimo Art Gallery (Vancouver Island), Wil Aballe Art Projects (Vancouver) and BIOMASS (worldwide). In 2021, her work The Listener won the Matt Steffich Juror’s Choice Award and will be shown at the Victoria Arts Council (Victoria) along with the Salt Spring Art Prize awardees exhibition in 2022.