Emily J Martin – In Memory of George Floyd


© 2020
variable edition of 6
dimensions in inches: 11 x 11


about this piece

About this piece:

This pair of figures is made in memory of George Floyd who was murdered by police officer Derek Chauvin, May 25, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota while being arrested for allegedly using a counterfeit bill in a grocery store. These two figures are related to the Solitude Squadron I began making as a daily practice starting the first day of my isolation during the pandemic of 2020. But unlike the other figures made for solace, these two are a reflection of grief and horror at the heartless murder. The figures are made using off-cuts of Chancery paper made at the University of Iowa Center for the Book, trace mono-printing, and collage with assorted decorated and handmade papers & washi tape.


paper, ink, washi tape

About the artist:

Lives and works in Iowa City, Iowa.

Emily Martin earned an MFA degree in painting, from the University of Iowa in 1979 where she made her first artist’s books. She joined the faculty of the University of Iowa Center for the Book in 1998. Martin has held a number of artist’s residencies and most recently was printer in residence at the Bodleian Libraries in Oxford, England (2018). Her book The Tragedy of King Lear was a semi-finalist for the Minnesota Center for Book Arts Artists Book award (2020). Emily Martin’s work is in collections world-wide including the Library of Congress. She lives in Iowa City, Iowa, USA.

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Emily J Martin – In Memory of George Floyd