Liljana Mead Martin is a visual artist working in sculpture and site specific choreographies that address the material histories and ecologies of digging, deep time and toxic habitats. Through these processes, Martin’s work taps into conceptions of place, embodied dissonance and environmental change. Her works often oscillate between real and surreal, injured and resilient, solid and ephemeral.
Martin was born in Nova Scotia and grew up between Canada, the United States, Australia and Europe, moving within a transient family who were students of the 20th century Tibetan Buddhist teacher, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche along with a community of writers, artists and teachers. Questions pertaining to uprootedness, transience, intergenerational histories and embodied knowledge stem in part from these nomadic traces in early life as well as a recurrent lesson on our interdependence with the natural world.
In recent sculptural processes Martin considers the exchange between bodies, materials and environmental histories. Many materials used in her practice are gathered, ground down and repurposed. In sculptures she creates stratified layers of crushed material to build up new forms. These works connect the human body with deep time, and gesture towards an alchemy between the lands and bodies.
Martin’s work has been exhibited at The Klondike Institute for Arts and Culture (Dawson City YT), Artscape Gibraltar Point (Toronto Island ON) Dynamo Arts Association (Vancouver), Recess (NYC), CSA Space (Vancouver) and the Nanaimo Art Gallery (Vancouver Island).