Deborah Martin (b. Boston, 1961) initiated her formal training as a painter while attending the Museum School of Fine Arts, Boston. Her artistic work examines the complexities of individual experience particularly in relation to home, isolation and memory. Much of her practice emerges in collaborative conversation with writers and poets, taking form through exhibitions and publications. For the past several years she has been collaborating with the Los Angeles poet and literary critic Nicky Sa-eun Schildkraut.
Her latest project: Portraits of Autism explores the relationship and impact autistic children have within their immediate family. The intent of this new body of work is to create a platform for social awareness while opening up a discussion about available support systems and funding for both children and adults diagnosed on the Spectrum. Each Portrait focuses in part on relationship, connection and methods of communication. This ongoing series follows the process a family goes through as their autistic child becomes an adult.
Martin's work has been featured in numerous publications including New American Paintings, art ltd., Fabrik Magazine, Palm Springs Life Arts+Culture, Angeleno Magazine, Palm Springs Life Magazine, Provincetown Arts, Biller on Art / Laquinta Arts Foundation, Provincetown Magazine, The Standard, Light Leaks Magazine, Studio Visit Magazine, Blue Canvas, Painters Table, The Provincetown Banner, Art Week LA, Downtown LA News, AEQAI, California Desert Art and Building Provincetown written by NY Times reporter David W. Dunlap. Her work is included in the permanent collection of the Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Provincetown, MA.
Martin received her BFA and BS Masters of Arts in Teaching, Art Education from The Museum School of Fine Arts, Boston and Tufts University. She is a recipient of the Orlowsky Freed Foundation Grant (2011).