Martha Lord

Martha Lord is a Melbourne based artist and designer. Her work is a play between abstraction and realism, where connections with mythology and architecture emerge. It allows for a dream, a reality, or a paradoxical combination of both. Martha has been exhibiting over the past two decades, but this is her first time exhibiting work in Adelaide.

"I have Greek heritage and stories of Greek mythology that my father relayed to me play a big part in this series of work. Eastern philosophies and culture also have influenced my work as I have practiced martial arts for many years too. 

I create these women (goddesses or women of power) partly from my subconscious. I work instinctively and build imagery from images that I have photographed from magazines. For instance, I will use the eyes from one image, a mouth from another, the body from another etc.... I know intuitively of what pose I want to use or look I want to achieve. This is all done with photography and photoshop and it takes many hours of digital drawing and editing. Once I am satisfied, the image is then printed on archival paper and then I collage it either onto board or canvas.  Then I paint over her adding texture and colour in different mediums. 

These women are my interpretation of how I would imagine goddesses to be if they existed in today's time. It is a portrayal of their strength, their sexuality, their power. It is also about the celebration of the 'feminine' and I guess immortality too."