Juliet Martin mixes tradition with experimentation in funny and ironic handwoven sculptural memoirs.
My current collection You Don’t Look Crazy uses my first-hand experiences with bipolar disorder to discuss greater issues surrounding mental illness. I am a different person when I am depressed, manic, or anxious. If you look in my eyes, they are taken over by moods. You cannot see me. I’m not there.
I select yarn colors reflecting on a mood. Weaving by free associating, I introduce contrasting colors, patterns, and textures. As I sit at the loom, it is as if I face a blank canvas with no model before me. I am not drawing a figure, I’m capturing a feeling.
She has a BA in Visual Arts from Brown University, a MFA in Computer Art from the School of Visual Arts, and is a member of the Saori Leadership Committee based in Osaka, Japan. For the past 8 years, Juliet has been a part of the fiber community having solo shows including Chashama, New York City; Living Room, St. Peter’s Church, New York, NY; the Sumei Multidisciplinary Arts Center, Newark, NJ; Creative Arts Workshop, New Haven, CT; Garrison Art Center, Garrison, NY; Artworks Gallery, Trenton, NJ; and Saori Kaisak Gallery, Osaka, Japan.