HAPPENING FEBRUARY 3, 2024 @ 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM: Experience the work in Catherine Martinez’s “Breaking Through” exhibition through this free tour organized by Josie Pickens and Jaison Oliver — co-founders of Bask Black, an arts advocacy initiative. Meet the artist and learn how she intertwines steel, glass, light, and more to symbolize a beacon of hope amidst life’s challenges.
ON VIEW THRU FEBRUARY 9, 2024: Catherine Martinez’s art installation presents a poetic ode to epiphany as an unwavering light that transcends the seemingly impenetrable barriers in life. Just as fog can be as lethal as colliding with a steel plate, her work delves into the transformative power of epiphany breaking through the dense fog of life’s challenges. Serving as a metaphor for resilience, the installation explores the metaphorical cracks and openings in steel, combining elements of steel, glass, and light. Viewers are invited to contemplate the miraculous breaches that occur despite life’s obstacles, celebrating the guiding light that propels us forward and illuminates our journey.
Catherine is a visual artist based in Houston, Texas. She is a mixed-media sculptor who works with metals, fibers, and mold making. Her work is often an abstract representation of significant moments in the African diaspora. She delves into subjects of race and ethnicity. When Catherine creates, she aims to voice an emotion that cannot be contained inside oneself.
Catherine Martinez graduated magna cum laude from the University of Houston with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture. She has an MFA in Sculpture from the University of Houston. She is also a Project Row Houses Round 55 Artist of 2023. Catherine is a contributing artist of the “We Here Black Women’s Arts Collective.” She created the “Road Trip Collective.”