"What's the world for you if you can't make it up the way you want."

-Jazz, Toni Morrison


Images of My Former Self

Images of My Former Self

Chas Martin’s hometown of Elmer, New Jersey, lacked creative challenges. After studies at Pratt Institute in New York City, he worked for Boston and San Francisco ad agencies. He moved to Oregon in 1981. From his Portland studio he creates figures inspired by petroglyphs and myth. His creativity is a product of a “What if?” approach to everything he encounters. Website: chasmartin.com, Facebook: Chas Martin, Instagram: @chasmartinart


Artist Statement:

Technology touches us everywhere altering our balance and sense of spirituality. It takes us further away from our authentic selves through a ceaseless torrent of fabricated visual and audible diversions. Pure visualization is the ability to discover our OWN images, angels, ghosts and spirits. It is a personal synapse, not a social media link. It is a thread that binds us to our primal essence. Embracing our own images is like finding our voice. It is the first step toward realization. Thoughts precede reality. Concepts guide our action. My work has always been concept driven. Each sculpture or mask begins as a single, random mark on paper. I explore it through repetition, variations and enhancements. Quickly, an idea evolves in the form of a character. Years of traditional watercolor landscapes led me to the southwest. While sketching petroglyphs, I realized these archetypal characters were storytellers. Returning to my studio, I created my first sculpture. That was four years ago. Today, my studio is filled with figures and masks, all characters in my evolving mythology. My process is not limited by media. I explore concepts through sketches, clay models, photos, bent wire, watercolor, acrylic, collage, and sculpture. I use finished sculptures as models for photographs or paintings, extending my understanding with each iteration. Interaction with a character through so many different media transforms my visualization into realization, invoking and accepting each one into my experience.”


Dreams Cape

My Three Shadows

When Eyes Are Closed

Learning to Fly

Me and My Shadow

Changes

Always & Forever

Always & Forever

I Carry Home

I Carry Home