photo by Tara Ashton Davis
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Traci Wright Martin is an internationally award-winning charcoal and mixed media artist residing in Greenville, South Carolina. She shares "The Bank Building Studios," an arts hub in The Village of West Greenville, with artists Patricia Kilburg, Barbara Castańeda, and Fotini Christophillis.
The overall narrative in Martin's portrait and figurative work addresses the idea of representation, weaving contemporary realism with abstract design elements. Her pioneering approach to mixed media utilizes charcoal as the foundation and brings in endless combinations of paint, patterned paper collage and other experimental techniques to the finished design. The primary thematic focus in Martin's recent work is the legacy and evolving tradition of women in art history. (Read more).
After graduating with a BA in Art from Southeastern Oklahoma State University, she spent her early career showing extensively in the Oklahoma and Texas art scenes, with artist residencies in Oklahoma, Arizona and Alaska. Solo and group shows have included the Oklahoma State Capitol gallery, Oklahoma Contemporary, IAO Gallery, 33 Contemporary Gallery, the Wausau Museum of Contemporary Art, and both the Equity Gallery and the Salmagundi Club in New York City. She has received numerous awards and top accolades in international, national and regional juried shows, claiming more than a dozen “Best in Show” titles. Martin’s work has been featured in a number of publications including Fine Art Connoisseur, Artist's Network: Best of Drawing, American Art Collector, and a selection of titles for PoetsArtists. Her work has found its way to both private and public collections in over 27 states and 5 countries.
Martin's work has been curated into a collection by Dr. Samuel Peralta as part of The Lunar Codex, a trio of permanent time capsules to reside on the moon, set to launch in 2023 and 2024. This comprehensive project is the first to send the artwork of women to the moon.