Martha Oatway

Martha Oatway grew up in Maine amidst glacial erratics piled in farmers’ fields, stone walls and granite quarries.The waves pounding on gneiss and granite outcrops along the coast of Maine create the rhythm of her soul. She earned her MAFA at the University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK in 2016. Since moving to Asheville she’s been working with the geology and orogeny of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Her prints are slices of imagined geology. Using multiple collagraph plates to layer imagery on both sides of thin Asian paper, the ink often bleeds from one side through the paper into the different image on the other mimicking layers of molten rock and minerals. Much as our mountain masses were formed over time.  The unseen becomes seen.

Time becomes visible.

Her work has been exhibited domestically and internationally in solo and group exhibitions. She is represented in the collections of the International Print Triennial, Krakow, Poland; National Institutes of Health, Washington, DC; Georgetown University, Bates College Museum of Art and others both private and public.

Asheville Printmakers 2014-2024

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