Saprobia: Momentum Tulsa Spotlight Artist Leigh Martin

September 27, 2013

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As a part of Momentum Tulsa, three artists received $2,000 Momentum Spotlight commissions to create new artwork with feedback from guest curators. Selected Momentum Spotlight artists are Leigh Martin of Edmond, Stuart Whitis of Norman, and Molly Youngblood from Norman.

Artist Leigh Martin observes and contemplates the natural world through installations of fiber and plant materials. Martin received one of three Spotlight awards for Momentum Tulsa for her project “Saprobia,” which will debut on October 12.

Knit fungi installation by Leigh Martin, a preview of her Spotlight Project Saprobia

“Life feeds life”, says Martin. Her work depicts the natural processes of life and rebirth through decay, and the self-sustaining processes and cycles that generate our natural environments. Fungi, though small, play a large part in our ecosystem, and Martin’s curiosity and love for the complexities in nature shine through her fiber installations.

Saprobia will include an installation of plants, decaying wood, and knit fungi, along with large photographs, and specimens of the process from Martin’s studio. 

Leigh Martin received her BS in Urban and Community Forestry from OSU and has shown in Momentum OKC where she received the Curator’s Choice award.

Martin in her studio, knitting for her installation

An artist as well as a forester, Martin brings a piece of the natural world to the audience, and allows viewers to learn through aesthetics and biological inquiry. 

Through her attention to small details in her environment, Martin brings the viewers a slice of that curiosity and excitement, and allows us to participate in a greater appreciation of our surroundings.

See this article in our Art Focus Oklahoma magazine for more about all three Momentum Tulsa Spotlight projects.

Momentum Tulsa opens October 12, 8-midnight with a ticketed event full of music and performances.  Curated by Emily Kern from 108 Contemporary and emerging curator Krystle Brewer, the exhibition continues at Living Arts of Tulsa, 307 E Brady with free gallery hours through October 24.