Martha Rehkamp

Artist Statement

My current collections, Garden Still Lifes, Vignettes and Portraits are an examination of life’s impermanence. Wilting ceramic flowers are composed into still lifes and in small vignettes contrasting formality and importance with organic fragility. While colors are muted and have lost their vibrancy, the bouquets invite closer examination and hint at the beauty still within. I use the garden metaphor as a sly way to assert that aging is not to be feared. The fading plants in my collections are strong and vital. They show the grace and resilience of aging forms and their inherent, underlying beauty.