Artist Statement

          Martha Hall’s practice utilizes three-dimensional forms to explore the complex connections that exist among the entities of self, couples, and groups. These connections affect an individual’s identity, so her work seeks to reflect how identity changes in relation to each of these associations and ultimately, in society. This process of alteration speaks to the themes of her work as she demonstrates how experiences can affect identity over time. Finding inspiration in cubist and fauvist sculpture, Hall manipulates, deconstructs, and warps the human form. Her preferred material is ceramic. She combines techniques of wheel throwing and hand building to create sculptures that are often aesthetic and functional. 

          Theses techniques are time sensitive, forcing a linear process. This is necessary in Hall’s practice because it parallels the structure of life. Life is linear, spanning from birth to death, but has cyclical tendencies as people tend to repeat actions. This method of working is derived from Martha Hall’s personal philosophy that all people are products of experience. She hopes that each work takes on its own life as it is built and ultimately finished. The themes of the work also reflect the experiences in Hall’s life that occur while creating the work. She wishes that her viewers find the work familiar in a sense that its symbols and imagery is reminiscent of emotions and fundamentally expresses the meaning of being human. Hall thinks it is important to reflect on emotions felt in the past and carefully process how they evolve as time passes. This in turn deconstructs meaning and gives it new function as the mind becomes a vessel for memory.