Solo Solo: Featuring works by Martha Elena
Solo Solo | Martha Elena
As the recipient of the Top Prize in the 7th Annual Texas Juried exhibition, Martha Elena was awarded an opportunity to exhibit once again with Artspace111. In 2021, Artspace111 is excited to present a showcase of Martha Elena's intricate soft sculptures in the newly defined Solo Solo Exhibition series. Martha Elena is the inaugural artist in this showcase, which aims to provide solo show opportunities to rising Texas artists.
Martha Elena says this about her artwork: “The breadth of my work explores the idea of getting lost in translation.The work begins as a phrase that is converted using the Wingdings 3 font. The font does two things: One, it serves as a filter so that the viewer does not recognize the wording- only the form. It is the bridge between two sets of language and identities. I am torn in two. My native tongue is broken and limited while my English is still incomplete. Wingdings 3 helps me to create a new sense of self. One that only I can understand and manipulate. Two, it allows me to repeat motifs that can be designed and redesigned endlessly. I am interested in the visual representation of language. The content of the words influences the composition, color, and size of the work.”
About Martha Elena
Martha Elena was born in Cerritos, Mexico, and raised in Rio Grande Valley, Texas. Elena attended and graduated from the University of Texas Pan American (now UTRGV) with a BFA. She now resides in Fort Worth, Texas. Elena is a Multi-disciplinary artist, and she is currently exploring and evolving Soft Sculpture.
About Solo Solo
Solo Solo is a newly defined exhibition series for Artspace111 that aims to provide solo show opportunities to rising Texas artists. The series provides an opportunity for early-career artists to share their artwork in a focused exhibition, providing patrons a rounded view of the artist’s vision and body of work. Artists are selected by invitation or as part of the Top Prize award for the Texas Juried Exhibition. This series will be revisited at least twice each year in order to support the careers of emerging talent.