2021 Season


Delita Martin

On View

Sep 30–Dec 11, 2021

After more than a year of distancing, The Union is thrilled to welcome community back to the Wanda D. Ewing Gallery this fall, featuring the work of Black women printmakers, beginning with Delita Martin

Primarily working from oral traditions, along with vintage and family photographs as a source of inspiration; Delita Martin’s work explores the power of the narrative impulse. Her finished works combine collaging, drawing, painting, printmaking, and sewing techniques, placing her figures amid patterns to visually represent what it looks like when we become the spiritual other: “when we pray or meditate … we enter the veilscape.” Martin’s layering of technique and material, as well as her use of pattern and color, signifies a liminal space – the space between the waking life and the spirit life. By fusing this visual language with oral storytelling in this different space she offers other identities and other narratives for women of color.

Pictured Work: Delita Martin. Among Shadows, 2020. Relief printing, Charcoal, Acrylic, Liquid gold leaf, Decorative papers, Hand stitching. 72 x 51.5 inches.

Delita Martin Bio

Delita Martin is an artist currently based in Huffman, Texas. She received a BFA in drawing from Texas Southern University and a MFA in printmaking from Purdue University. Formerly a member of the fine arts faculty at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Martin is currently working as a full-time artist in her studio, Black Box Press.

Martin’s work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally. Most recently Martin’s work was shown at the National Museum for Women in the Arts in Washington, DC and welcomed into the Library of Congress. She served as 2020 Keynote speaker for the Mid America Print Council.

Portrait photo of Delita Martin
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3D Tour of the Exhibit

7 works by Delita Martin hang on the wall of the The Wanda D Ewing Gallery

Delita Martin mixed media work trinity three figures on a blue background one looking away two looking at the viewer

Delita Martin two pieces 1

Delita Martin mixed media work first piece companion standing figure and blue silhouette on a green background second piece offerings self portrait sitting figure on a blue tear drop shape pattern background

Delita Martin two peices 2

Delita Martin mixed media work redbird seated figure looking at the viewer on a yellow background

3 works by Delita Martin hang on the wall of the The Wanda D Ewing Gallery

4 works by Delita Martin hang on the wall of the The Wanda D Ewing Gallery

Delita Martin mixed media work among shadows shows a figure reclining on her side while two human shillouhettes sit beside her