NORTH NEWTON, KAN. Artist Michelle Martin of Tulsa, Okla., will display her prints and drawings Nov. 7 to 25 and Dec. 1 to 5 in the Fine Arts Center Gallery at Bethel College, North Newton. The gallery is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 2 to 4 p.m. Sundays. Admission is free and open to the public. "My primary interest is in social situations, due to the fact that human behavior changes depending on the context, environment and people involved," Martin said. "Watching others is part of our daily lives. We observe the behavior exhibited around us and then process our perceptions in order to respond in a proper fashion."
Martin’s work centers on what she describes as "the recreation of social situations. I use unsettling figure placement and a skewed perspective in order to take the viewer on a journey through the playground of human interaction," she says. The characters in her exhibit are based on mythology, fairy tales and religious iconography.
"My intent is to create an effect in which the viewer is both the voyeur and the object of scrutiny," Martin says.
Martin earned her bachelor of fine arts degree from Texas Tech University and her master of fine arts degree from Ohio State University. She has taught in the School of Art at the University of Tulsa since 1997 and is currently associate professor of printmaking. Her works have been exhibited in more than 60 exhibitions in the United States, Iceland, Italy and England. Earlier this year she received the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition Artists Award of Excellence.