Milestone, 2019. Wool, linen, pigment, quartz.
Arrangement 4, 2019. Wool, linen, pigment, 32 x 25 inches.
Arrangement 5, 2019. Wool, linen, pigment, 32 x 25 inches.
Separated Column (After Noguchi), 2019. Wool, linen, pigment, quartz.
Blue/Grey 1, 2017. Wool, silk, dye, 12 x 10 inches.
Like water I have no skin (2), 2017. Wool, silk, dye, 12 x 10 inches.
Lucretius, 2019. Wool, linen, pigment, 32 x 24 inches.
Dove Descending, 2019. Wool, linen, pigment, 32 x 24 inches.
Martha Tuttle, a multidisciplinary artist born in Santa Fe, New Mexico, has shown her work throughout the U.S. and abroad. Natural materials of wool, silk, and dye are worked by hand, each resulting piece having undergone an immaterial transfer of energy through Tuttle’s physical and meditative touch. The artist’s relationship to materiality is revealed further by the inclusion of small “stones,” both actual and cast polished metal, and of fabricated steel weights. These elements add another layer of visual incident and mark-making, to further open a dialogue of possibility and substance, light and weight. Overall, the unification of immaterial energy with material form results in constructed canvases and loosely hanging paintings that vibrate with a felt, unseen force.
Solo and two-person exhibitions include Geukens & DeVil, Antwerp; Luce Gallery, Turin; Tilton Gallery, New York; and Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago. Among others, she has been in residence at the Rauschenberg Foundation, Captiva, FL; the Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program, Brooklyn, NY; the UCross Foundation, Clearmont, WY; and A-Z West, Joshua Tree, CA. Tuttle earned her MFA in Painting from The Yale School of Art in 2015 and her BA at Bard College. She lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
Beautiful review of Martha Tuttle's new installation: a stone that thinks of Enceladus, at Storm King Art Center in the Hudson Valley.
"Ms. Tuttle has gathered boulders from Storm King’s property, most of them about knee-height, and placed them around the clearing with a contrapuntal casualness; resting on each boulder are delicate sculptures of rocks, crafted in the artist’s studio from milky glass or solid marble, and arranged with the same tossed-off elegance as the boulders themselves. These humble cairns conjoin “real” and “artificial” stones, not to mention the lichens growing on the boulders’ surfaces and the grass beneath your feet into a poem of vibrant matter."
Review of The Dance of Atoms at Rhona Hoffman Gallery.
An interview with Martha Tuttle in her Brooklyn studio.
Review of Martha Tuttle and Henry Chapman at Rhona Hoffman Gallery.
Review of Martha Tuttle at Tilton Gallery.