One of my favorite things this summer has been the opportunity to start dipping a toe into Seattle's rich arts culture. I've been to art walks, corporate creative studio tours and events, artist lofts and studios, and run across brilliant glimpses of public art (created, found, and a bit of both) around the city, and met some wonderful artists with great stories to tell.
There's a great sense of connection, so far, within the creative community; it's a small world, a city inside a city, but it's lively and smart and vital.
|Holly Ballard Martz’ grief knot (grieve not) 2012, 12” x 12”, encaustic and mixed media on panel.|
Last Thursday I went to the Pioneer Square first Thursday artwalk again, and ran across the most beautiful and thoughtful series of work I've seen in a very long time by Encaustic and multi-media artist Holly Ballard Martz. The show was a meditation on mental illness, depression, grief, risk, and healing, much of the work rooted in the artists' relationship with her daughter. It struck me deeply, and I'm still figuring out why and thinking about some of her beautiful and heartbreaking narratives.