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Tina Martel: evolve

Available: September 2011 – August 2012

Curated by Todd Schaber of The Art Gallery of Grande Prairie

Tina Martel is a mixed media artist whose work ranges from painting, drawing, photography, video and installation. The installation and creation of evolve happened in the highly public space of Sir Winston Churchill Square during the 2010 International Works Festival in Edmonton. During a two-week period, Martel, with the assistance of her team, layered 1,800 sheets of hand made paper over five Smart cars to produce full size paper casts. The public was allowed full access as the piece was created and encouraged to establish a dialogue with the artist. It provided the opportunity to actually speak to the artist and ask: What are you doing?

evolve presented the idea that although environmentally and culturally we remain fragile, visually illustrated by the use of paper as a casting material, the smart cars served as iconic representation for the idea that we are taking steps to reduce, reuse and recycle. The casts no longer exist but the documentation of the process and the final pieces created have been printed large-scale to allow the viewer to experience some of the immersive process that the exhibition provided.

Tina Martel, evolve, detail 2010