Kristen Martincic grew up swimming in the Great Lakes and public pools around her childhood home in Cleveland. Her artwork explores the connection between the body and water. She works with traditional
print media and Japanese papers as well as a hybrid of printmaking, drawing, painting and sculpture.
Martincic’s artwork has been widely shown in solo and group exhibitions throughout the US as well as in Canada, France and Egypt. Her work is included in several public collections and she has been a resident artist at Jentel, Brush Creek Foundation, Prairie Center of the Arts, Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, and KHN Center for the Arts. She holds a BFA from Bowling Green State University and an MFA from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She currently lives and works in Columbia, Missouri.
I am interested in water as a space, as a color, as a feeling, as a container. I use swimming pools and objects associated with water to mediate on water’s translucency and the act of swimming. I am drawn to how the color of water shifts depending upon its depth, on the angle of the light, the time of day, and the water’s structural surroundings. I love the contrast between the clear light blues of the shallows and the dark, slightly opaque blues of the deep end. I isolate and reduce this environment to its most fundamental elements.
Leisure Pool Series Process Statement
My leisure pools are printed with multiple layers of very transparent blue oil-based inks from woodcuts onto a handmade Japanese paper called Inshu Mitsuamata. By using a series of reductive stencils, I build the subtle layers of blues to create the depth of the pool and articulate the steps to form a contemplative space within each aerial pool view.
Precise registration combined with the exquisite printing quality of Inshu Mitsuamata allows the wood grain of each individual woodblock to be transferred and made visible in the printed image. The leisure pools take between eight to ten layers of transparent blue ink to create the water of the pools which is mounted to a backing paper and then given a final stencil of solid white ink to encircle the water alluding to the fresh paint of a new pool. The edition for each leisure pool is a limited run of six prints.