By Steve Goldstein – July 1, 2021 12:59pm
Visual Artist Monica Aissa Martinez: Made In Arizona
NPR, KJZZ, The Show → Listen Now
By Mikey Foster Estes – February 2, 2019
IN, ON AND OF PAPER AT BENTLEY GALLERY
Paper, as opposed to precursors such as papyrus, has only been around for about 2,000 years – its exact origins are unknown. The earliest documented papermaking process can be traced back to second-century China and Cai Lun, who is often regarded as the inventor of paper. Over the course of several centuries, his invention traveled into the Islamic world and then to Europe, where the wood-based paper of modern times would eventually be developed in the nineteenth century. The twenty-two artists in In, On and Of Paper, all of whom happen to be women, approach paper from a variety of angles: as a substrate, a raw material, a document.
By Lynn Trimble – January 22, 2019
Running with Scissors: Artists Push Paper’s Boundaries at Bentley Gallery
A bright red sculpture of a nude woman surrounded by hundreds of silver scissors sits just inside the entrance to Bentley Gallery. Created by Dani Godreau, the kneeling figure that’s part of her Mea Culpa installation appears to be creating a circle of scissors that rises from concrete floor to gallery wall, paying homage to both women’s labor and traditional craft.
It’s a theme carried through the gallery, where works by 22 women artists pushing the boundaries of material and meaning are part of the “In, On & Of Paper” exhibition that continues through March 9. It’s thoughtfully curated by Rembrandt Quiballo, an artist whose own body of work includes digital manipulations of women’s images that question social norms.
VoyagePhoenix – January 29, 2019
Art & Life with Monica Aissa Martinez
Today we’d like to introduce you to Monica Aissa Martinez.
Monica Aissa, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
Born and raised in El Paso, Texas, my world is small in some ways and then big in others. I have six siblings. All of us appreciate the arts – visual, music, performance and writing.
By Nicole Royce, September, 23, 2018
YabYum Seven: Monica Aissa Martinez
Who are you and what do you do?
I spent the summer as an Artist-in-Residence at the Tempe Center for the Arts. I was studying and drawing the human brain.
Last month I would have answered with: I am a nervous system. I am neurons and glia firing up a brain.
The last few weeks I’ve been looking at microorganisms – bacteria, viruses, fungi and archea. Today I am an organism made up of micro- organisms. I am human microbiome.
I am a visual artist / creative matter. I draw and paint human anatomy and physiology.
By Kayla Goggin February 17, 2016
State of the Art: Telfair brings the artists to you
Opening at Jepson Center is Thursday
ACCORDING TO a 2014 report from the National Endowment for the Arts, there are over two million working artists in America. That means there are more artists at work today than ever before.
So why are so many museums and galleries showing the same work from the same people over and over again?
Where the hell are all the artists?! → continue reading
By Randy Kennedy July 15, 2014
Crystal Bridges Lines Up Emerging Artists for American Show
After a restless cross-country search in which two curators logged more than 100,000 miles in airplanes and rental cars, the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art – founded by the Walmart heiress Alice Walton – announced Tuesday that it had finalized its artist list for an ambitious fall show → Continue Reading
PHOENIX — Two men stepped out of a rental car here recently and walked up to a modest ranch-style house with a cat and a grapefruit tree in the yard, worried that the homeowner might mistake them for missionaries or salesmen → Continue Reading
Don Bacigalupi – Feb 12, 2014
Notes From the Road: Phoenix
In Phoenix, AZ, Chad and I visited artist Monica Aissa Martinez. Her large, richly detailed and colorful paintings begin with the anatomical structure of the human body, but manage to fold in the artist’s love of the maps collected by her grandfather → Continue reading
Phoenix artist Monica Aissa Martinez is among the American artists being considered for inclusion in the exhibition “State of the Art” at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas, according to a recent New York Times piece.
The show will feature works from 100 unsung artists from across the country. It’s slated to open Saturday, September 13 → continue reading
Earlier this year we found out that eight Arizona artists were being considered for the “State of the Art: Discovering America Now” exhibition at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas. We are excited to announce that four of those artists have been chosen to display work in the final show, and they → continue reading
Ramón Rentería Sept 6, 2014
Former El Pasoan’s work selected for prestigiuos exhibition
Monica Aissa Martinez calls the national attention that she’s receiving “a little bout of success.”
Martinez, an El Paso native living in Phoenix, is among 102 artists from across the United States selected for “State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now,” a major exhibition opening Saturday at the prestigious Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art → continue reading
Nicole Royse August 26, 2015
Monica Aissa Martinez: Body Awareness in a New Light
A fascination with the human body, animals, and technology and its effects on us as a society are the inspiration for the intricate paintings and drawings by talented → continue reading