Liljana Mead Martin is a visual artist working in mediums of sculpture and choreographed performance. Her artwork explores the material ecologies of digging, cultivation and deep time. Martin’s research is focused on the ways by which we grow sensitivity and resilience to dark ecologies and toxic habitats.
Born in Nova Scotia and raised between North America, Australia and Europe, Martin’s family were students of the Tibetan Buddhist teacher, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. This community of writers, artists and teachers had a profound impact, heightening questions pertaining to impernanence, phenomenology, ontology and exchanges with the natural world.
In recent work Martin considers the recprocity between bodies and land, both natural and constructed. Sculpture materials used in the studio are gathered, recycled and repurposed to form an alchemy between the body and deep time.
Martin’s work has been exhibited at The Klondike Institute for Arts and Culture (Dawson City Yukon Territory), Artscape Gibraltar Point (Toronto Island ON) Dynamo Arts Association (Vancouver), CSA Space (Vancouver), Recess (NYC) and the Nanaimo Art Gallery (Vancouver Island). Her work will be featured in BIOMASS Volume 1 in 2021.