Sculptural Basketry

I use basketry techniques in a conceptual way.  I like to explore themes of  body, fragility, discovery, resilience.

Body Fragmented

This series consists of a conceptual building of individual human body parts and experiences.  It explores the the body’s lived experience of trauma, incorporating reminiscences from the past to transform life, resiliency and potential.  Each form acts as a “vessel” that may hold emptiness, vulnerability, pain and healing. 

Body Spiral

In this series, I work to express the bodily manifestation of trauma and the restorative process.  The human body, the natural world and the universe literally contains spirals, such as found in the twist of our DNA, fingerprints and our heart muscle; spider webs, snail shells and artichokes; and waves, tornadoes and the galaxies.  Metaphorically, I see spirals as symbols of resilience, energy, and growth while bringing together life’s experiences, both as a journey and a reflection.  Repeat spirals reveal the innate connection between our bodies and our world.

Individual Pieces

These sculptures were created specifically to experiment with these various elements of design:  form, shape, space and line.  

© 2021 Martha Bird

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Martha is a recipient of the Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative grant (2019) and the Creative Support for Individuals grant (2021).