Last Monday, October 10, I open this email before heading out to work. It was a perfect way to start the week.
I live in Southern Arizona, and some friends in Tucson recently invited me to join them on a visit to the Tucson Art Museum. I was so excited when we walked in and immediately saw your art on the walls. I said, “Oh wow!! It’s Monica Aissa Martinez! I love her art.” I know you’ve written about this show, but somehow my brain reading the blog and my brain going to an art museum many many days and weeks later didn’t connect the two. It was a great surprise. I didn’t realize that my friends had read an article about your work also and wanted to see your art at the Museum. My friend has a brother with Down syndrome, and she had read an article or interview with you which struck a chord with her.
What a great day at the museum. I love looking at all the layers to your art, seeing new things each time I look at a painting, looking at the things you choose to call attention to, the textures, the colors. I love how there is a human figure, the insides of a human figure, and the insides of the insides all at the same time. It’s like a three dimensional view but seeing all the layers that we normally don’t see behind the skin. It’s also fascinating to see how different things connect and connect again. Seeing the paintings in photos doesn’t begin to convey how tall many of the human figures are and how they have such a presence.
I have enjoyed following your blog. I have only seen your art in person one other time, and that was just one painting. I was so excited to see a full exhibit of your art at the Tucson Art Museum. It was really magical. Thank you.
Dear Allison: You describe your experience so wonderfully. Thank you for reaching out and thank you for letting me share this!
Nothing in Stasis runs thru April 23, 2023
On view in the Kasser Family Wing: Modern and Contemporary Latinx Art
Museum Hours: Thursday – Sunday, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
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