Amanda Martinez

Amanda Martinez


16 X 20 in. | 1 Color Screen Print

100lb French Cover

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Bio: Amanda Martínez (b. 1988, Greenville, SC) Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She received her BFA from Kansas City Art Institute in 2010. In spring of 2018 she had a solo exhibition New Wave at VICTORI + MO Gallery in Brooklyn, New York. She has participated in recent group shows across the US including This Body curated by VICTORI+MO at Garis & Hahn in Los Angeles, CA; Real Shapes at Dateline in Denver, CO; No Vacancy 3 curated by ALT+ESC in Brooklyn, NY; Surface Tension at E.TAY Gallery in New York, NY; N.A.D.A. New York Fair 2017 with yours mine & ours Gallery; Transforming Milk into Milk curated by Derrick Velasquez at Redline Contemporary Art Center in Denver, CO; Murmur curated by John Zane Zappas at Left Field Gallery in San Luis Obispo, CA and Forms and Fictions at Satellite Art Fair in Miami, FL with Platform Gallery of Baltimore, MD. In addition, Martinez has been an artist-in-residence at The Wassaic Project Residency, Wassaic, NY; Starry Night Residency, Truth or Consequences, NM; and Urban Culture Project, Kansas City, MO. Martinez's work has received press in The New York Times, The Kansas City Star, ArtFCity, Westword, Bmore Art and City Paper of Baltimore. She has forthcoming solo exhibitions in 2019.

Print: The drawing I made for this print is a simple, interlocking form. It started as a square but became rounded and open. I thought this form conveyed an interconnectedness but also an interdependence that is the core of the text I wrote out for this poster: "The rights of womyn affect us all". It was first of all important to me to use the inclusive spelling of "womyn", as feminism has to be fully welcoming to all who identify as women; not just those who are born female. The phrase itself is reflective of the fact that if women are not taken care of properly within a society (meaning equal access to health care, education, employment and opportunity for independence), it has a domino effect on all others. I believe the state of affairs for women is a barometer by which equality and progress can be measured within all cultures.

Charity: I chose to donate all proceeds from the sale of my poster to the National Indigenous Women's Resource Center for the primary reason that within our own country which already has its share of issues regarding its treatment of women, the rights and concerns of Native American women continue to not be seen or heard; even within the context of the contemporary feminist dialogue. Native women go missing at alarming rates and their exposure to abuse, neglect and lack of opportunity is compounded by the United States' overall treatment of Native Sovereign Nations. The NIWRC is an umbrella resource that works with smaller, more subdivided groups that focus down even to individual tribes' needs. They work to protect the rights of Native women with legal resources, counseling and education. They also work with Native women to maintain the guardianship and care of their children when outside parties may threaten their relationship and/or rights. Though they continue to be overlooked, I believe the rights of Native American women (and by association all indigenous peoples) should be among the forefront of our concerns in the US as we are all currently standing on Native land. Donate to the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center