Wk 15 – Artist Conversation – Lourdes Martinez

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This week I visited the Werby Gallery and spoke with Artist Lourdes Martinez, a photography major.  She showcased one piece out of the show called “Figment”.  Very simple, her art piece consisted of glass, a woode base, and what appeared to be paper.

Lourdes gained inspiration for her piece from a picture of earth from space.  Fascinated by how a scientist from NASA first had the idea to send cameras into space, she wanted to translate her feelings into an art piece.  She wanted to show how little and insignificant our lives are in the grand scheme of things. Lourdes found a picture of earth taken in 1990, printed it, and glued it to a transparency.

I thought her piece was very interesting because every single person that was alive on the day the picture was taken is included! Living in such a busy world, we often find ourselves being rather selfish–concerned with only our personal lives.  We spend all our time worrying about personal problems, working toward our personal goals.  Lourdes’s piece reminds us that in the grand scheme of things, our lives are little.

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