Seher Martin is a Bath Spa Fine Art student and currently has an exhibition showing at 44AD gallery in Bath. SpaLife’s Arts Editor, Amy Frost, introduces her as an artist and discusses the nature work so you know what to look forward to.
Seher Martin is a fine artist originally from Istanbul whose earliest memories include playing in labyrinth-like concrete water channels, making sand and cement structures. She is now in her final year of her BA Fine Art degree at Bath Spa University and hopes to go on to study a master’s in London.
Having a background in the History of Art and Archaeology her work is charged in between past, present and future. Martin specialises in large installations, sculpture, painting and film. Her practice brings to attention the very essence of the material she uses and explores past memories.
Martin often uses discarded materials in her work such as concrete, plaster, found and industrial materials. Her artwork focuses heavily on the use of improvised artistic processes and the use of materials. “My work purifies the complexities of the process and emphasises its transformation to a new, playful language,” says Martin.
After having a huge success with her work I See You, made with piano keys and double-sided mirrors, within the past year, Seher says she is now looking forward to furthering her practice with her new work. Her current work on colourful, interlocking units, features in her exhibition that opened on Monday at 44AD, curated by fellow artist Zachary Young.
Her work is displayed in an empty room with the sculptures placed on the floor. Martin says that the empty space around the pieces is just as important as the sculpture, as much of the spirit of the work comes from the empty space itself. She believes it meditates Heidegger’s notion of dasein – emphasising presence within the space and existence in the world.
Alongside her exhibition, Martin has been working in her studio on making pieces with a reference to Islamic tiles. They are concrete cast units, creating sculptural relief structures as well as interlocking units. This work is already very much in demand and has been bought by collectors and she has the possible intention of a future exhibition surrounding this body of work.
Martin’s exhibition is open until Sunday 18 November at the local gallery 44AD and she invites everyone to attend.As the curator, Young says that the exhibition “will explore the tension between manmade items and nature, representing memories and childhood dreams”.
Words by Amy Frost
Featured Image: Seher Martin, 2018, Collenade, concrete and plaster casting, dimensions variable. © Seher Martin
For more information on Seher Martin’s work take a look at her instagram: @sehermartin
Zachary Young has curated for Martina and other art students and hopes to go on to work in a gallery context as a curator. For more information check out his instagram: @zacharywhy