a puzzle!

Justin, Customer Service Manager and Artisans Market Director for the Tucson Museum of Art, connects with me in July. He’s thinking to have a few things made for the museum store. #Merch #MuseumMerch

“A black T-shirt and a magnet using the Neuron Tucson image.
A set of postcards using the brain-scans.
A small 200 piece puzzle of “Handstand”.”

When I arrive to the museum on the day of the opening, I have to go see what Justin has set up. #Fun!

When you go see my exhibition → Nothing In Stasis, stop in and visit with Justin.
(The museum store…has a whole new look, too!)
img_5367I could write about the benefits of making a puzzle. Or you can make one and experience it for yourself. #ItsGoodForAllOfYou

martinez puzzle 1



Eddie has really enjoyed the whole experience so much, that when we are complete with the Handstand puzzle, he points to my jaguar painting on the wall, “Let’s do that one, next!” What does he think, I materialize puzzles?

No, not me, Tucson Museum does!


#NothingInStasis #TucsonMuseumOfArt #SoloExhibition

nothing in stasis – at tucson museum of art

I spent the whole morning talking with Dr. Julie Sasse. She is writing about my work for my  upcoming solo.

Oh hey…You’re invited! 
Come join us at the Tucson Museum of Art. Nothing in Stasis will include another variation of my human life-size studies along with 34 new brain-related artworks (I’m calling Constellation).

TMA MAM Invitation_Front
Portrait of Sara, Arms Akimbo

WHO: Tucson Museum of Art 
WHAT: Nothing In Stasis
WHERE: The Kasser Family Wing: Modern and Contemporary Latinx Art
WHEN: Thursday, September 1 – April 23, 2023
MUSEUM HOURS: Thursday – Sunday, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM


Directions → 140 North Main Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85701
Phone → 520-624-2333

Also a part of the evening ↓ A CONVERSATION with ARTIST and CURATOR…

In Conversation: Monica Aissa Martinez and Dr. Julie Sasse


no woman is an island

Early October I receive an email from Julie Sasse, Chief Curator of Modern, Contemporary and Latin American Art for the Tucson Museum of Art.

I hope you will remember me from your participation in some of our Arizona Biennials. A group (anywhere from 20-45 people) from our Latin American Art Patrons are planning a trip up to Phoenix on Wednesday, January 9, with a first stop to see the Teotihuacan exhibition at the Phoenix Art Museum, followed by a lunch. I’m not sure if your studio can accommodate a group, but I’m checking to see if that would be of interest to you and if your studio is located in the downtown Phoenix area. If you would be up for a visit sometime soon after 1:30 that day, our group would enjoy seeing your work.

Of course I remember Julie! I recall her support of my work. I will thank her in person. Yes.

All 45 members! of the LAAP arrive to the studio Wednesday afternoon. I share my art process and content with the thoughtful group. My husband, who is present, enjoys meeting members so much, he forgets he’s supposed to take photos! I understand completely.

I do have one photo. It catches a moment when I respond to a question about the portrait of my mother.

Soon after the photo is shot, I meet Nancy.

She approaches holding a small print. She wants to know about it. Is it available for purchase? The limited edition intaglio print titled Her Diagnosis – A Windy Liver is numbered 1/1 (1 of 1) because while it is a printed edition of 15 and is the first of the hand-colored series – each print is original. It holds a memory I have with my friend Maria. The border-lined text that makes its way into the composition as fragmented Spanish sentences comes from a song by the group Maná. The album plays in the studio the day I carve the words into the copper plate. And yes, the print is available.

Nancy, did I tell you the print along with 4 other hand-colored works, hung at the Phoenix Art Museum? The group exhibition called Local’s Only celebrated the art of 12 Chicano and Latino artists based here in the city. It feels right that you own it – in some way it is a full-circle experience. Enjoy the work and thank you so much.

As everyone returns to their bus, one woman stays behind taking a moment to share her thoughts about my work in general and she mentions her daughter, who is in medical school. She speaks to me in Spanish. I appreciate hearing what she says and how she says it – because she’s right.

One fun way to kick off this new year! A special thanks to Julie Sasse and the entire group of Latin American Art Patrons, for taking the time to visit my studio.

The blog posts titled No Woman is an Island acknowledge the people and/or organizations who support me and the work I do.

az exhibition opportunity – arizona biennial 2015

The Tucson Museum of Art released their prospectus for Arizona Biennial 2015. Here is general information and photos from the last biennial. 

All Arizona artists over 18 years of age working in any media and theme can submit their work to be considered for Arizona Biennial 2015. This exhibition will be on view at the Tucson Museum of Art July 25 – October 11, 2015. The work juried into the exhibition will be selected entirely from digital images or video submissions by noted guest curator Irene Hofmann, Phillips Director and Chief Curator, SITE Santa Fe.

All works must be original and completed within the last two years

Deadline: All entry forms, fees, and images must be received at the Museum by 4:00 pm, March 13, 2015

Entry Fee: $30 for up to three art works.

Click to download → Prospectus



arizona biennial 2013 @ tucson museum of art


07/20/2013 – 09/29/2013

Out of the 1,250 works submitted to Arizona Biennial 2013, 80 pieces are selected for the exhibition. Here are a handful of images. Of the various group exhibitions I have posted in this blog – I have to say receiving the images for this one, was one pleasant experience after another. The contemporary art work being made across Arizona is compelling. 

About the Biennial: The Tucson event is the oldest running juried exhibition featuring exclusively Arizona artists and will be on view at the
Tucson Museum of Art  • July 20 – September 29, 2013.
About the guest curator:
The work juried into the exhibition was judged by noted guest curator René Paul Barilleaux – Chief Curator/Curator of Art after 1945, McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, Texas.

click on photo for artist website

Todorova Green Rays

Rossitza Todorova (Tempe)
Green Rays
Lithography, Gouache, Graphite, Pencil on paper
22”x 22″


John Randall Nelson (Tempe)
Acrylic on wood
120 x 18 x 30


Michael Marlowe (Phoenix)
Falling To Pieces
Oil on Canvas
88″ x 108″


Phil Rowland (Tempe)
Mountain roads and copper mines
Pine, concrete


Christopher Jagmin (Phoenix)
baraag-t’chi, – from the series ghostsgiantsgenerals,
Encaustic on wood
36″ x 36″

Christopher Colville Works of Fire Installation-1

Christopher Colville (Phoenix)
Works of fire Constellation
Unique fire generated silver gelatin prints.
Approximately 6′ x 9′

AZB Pink Glandscape oil on canvas 35x46.5 ©Bill Dambrova

©Bill Dambrova (Flagstaff)
Pink Glandscape
Oil on canvas


Kristin Bauer (Tempe)
S.O. W.H.A.T.
12″ x 12″ x 72″
acrylic, spray paint, ink and MDF

Regime Change

Brent Bond (Scottsdale)
Regime Change
mixed media on laser engraved birch plywood
14″ x 12″

Stone Woods

Anthony Pessler (Phoenix)
Stone in Woods
Oil on Panel
5″ x 5″

Love is what you make it out to be 2013 72 x 72 Mixed Media Collage on Canvas .

Fausto Fernandez
Love is what you make it out to be
Collage of Architectural plans, sewing patterns, maps
and wall paper, acrylic, paint markers on canvas.
72″ x 72″

Schoebel_Untitled #13

Henry Schoebel
Acrylic/pumice on canvas
20″ x 20″
Date: 2012

Pláticas: Sunday, Septemeber 22, 12:00 pm
Free for members or with museum admission
The museum’s educational programs include Pláticas/and or performances where artists discuss their work during an informal gallery tour.  Mark your calendar’s and join Jesse Berlin, Edwina Scott and myself as we each discuss our particular take on the body.

MOTHER AND CHILD_Edwina Scott copy

Edwina Scott (Tucson)
The Client
Digital Print

male back body 1

Monica Aissa Martinez (Phoenix)
Male Back Body from the series Nothing In Stasis
Casein on Arches Rag


Jesse Berlin (Tucson)
Untitled Deer Study
Cold Cast Bronze, Polyurethane resin

For information about the museum, the artists, and the events (including Biennial Bash) scheduled for AZ Biennial 2013 click  → More