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Museum Store Artist of the Month Marty Mitchell

April – Museum Store Artist of the Month

Marty Mitchell

My work explores questions about how we are acculturated and socialized, and therefore, how we view our environment as we are trained by society. I focus on the sense of autobiography within a landscape context. I explore an idea that our socialization causes us to view that environment in very conditioned ways, gender and role-playing being significant factors.  Women have traditionally been trained to experience their surroundings from a limited, or ‘bounded,’ perspective, ie: from the intimacy of home and garden, whereas men have traditionally been encouraged to view the space around them with the panoramic vision of ‘manifest destiny.’  In understanding this, I seek to contrast intimate and easily overlooked spaces with vast, deep spaces, creating opposition in and of view.