Martha Hope Carey

image of paining by artist Martha Hope Carey entitled Signal Distortion shown hanging in studio
Signal Distortion

oil on canvas, 30" x 30"

shown in studio

image of painting by artist Martha Hope Carey entitled Roche Limit
Roche Limit

oil on canvas, 30" x 30"

image of painting by artist Martha Hope Carey entitled Sequencing
Sequencing

oil on canvas, 42" x 60"

image of painting by artist Martha Hope Carey entitled Rachel's Room
Rachel's Room

oil on canvas, 30" x 30"

image of painting by artist Martha Hope Carey entitled Compression
Compression

oil on canvas, 30" x 30"

image of painting by artist Martha Hope Carey entitled Arcing
Arcing

oil on canvas, 48" x 36"

image of painting by artist Martha Hope Carey entitled Angle of Incidence
Angle of Incidence

oil on canvas, 42" x 60"

image of painting by Martha Hope Carey entitled The Allatian Book sitting on easel in her studio
The Allatian Book

oil on canvas, 40" x 60"

shown in process, in the studio

I work in oils and paint on heavy canvas secured to handmade 2-inch deep stretcher frames. I paint abstractions about my reactions to the world, to others, to ideas, and to my own history. Abstraction allows me to forego the standard tools used to convey the seen, or communicate through recognizable forms. Everything in what I paint - about a distant moon or about another person's very last idea - is my intention, there as proof to the painter that an inner life exists, and as a reiteration that an inner life matters, that comprehension is possible, that reflection is a necessity.

I was raised in Connecticut and earned my BA from Carleton College, my MA from Simmons College, and my PhD from Temple University. I independently studied photography, design, and drawing, and am a self-taught painter. I have had solo and group shows in venues in the Philadelphia region including at the Delaware Center for Contemporary Art, The Plastic Club, Jed Williams Gallery, and DaVinci Art Alliance, as well as group and solo shows in Seattle (from 2001 to 2009) at: Forgotten Works, Artists Gallery, Oasis Art Gallery, Art/NOT Terminal, Arts West, Gallery 6311, Queen Hotel Studios, Patricia Cameron Gallery, and the PONCHO Art Auction.