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Installation  |  Martha Carés | Sawyer, MI

About This Installation

We have all been greatly challenged since early 2020 globally, nationally and locally. As we move toward recovery, clarity and peace, taking a few moments to enjoy the outdoors and nature can safely provide welcome relief from every day stress while creating an essential break from the bombardments we are faced with each day.
The simple act of getting outdoors, enjoying a simple walk, jog or bike ride, breathing our fresh air and taking in nature are healing and transformative. And what could be better than punctuating this experience with uplifting art!

Our lives, like my “mosaics” are informed by our experiences, actions, memories and little moments. For ArtPath 2022, I am transforming my small scale original “mosaics” and paintings into large scale outdoor paintings! My “mosaics” - comprised of bits of happiness, humor, color and light, take shape in the form of recognizable friends. The addition of simple verbiage will serve as little reminders - inspiring and encouraging each of us to pause, smile, relax, reflect and enjoy the moment!

My work is informed and inspired by my career onstage as a performing artist, professional vocalist and as an avid animal lover. The motif of dogs and kitties is recurrent in my work (with a strong emphasis on rescue and adoption). In addition, my love for poetry, lyrics and words are undeniable as an interpretive songstress.

Artist Bio

In contrast to my work as a performing artist which emanates from the depths of emotion, my sensibilities as a visual artist spring forth with playful vitality and buoyancy. Drawings and sketches take shape as free-spirited animate forms, radiating a sense of happiness, warmth, and comfort while inspiring narrative. Wonders of this beautiful world, its resources, and its inhabitants abound with every breath, every gesture, every glance. As individuals and as a whole we have the ability to make positive changes and help others. Aesthetic expression, whether realized through music, the visual arts, dance, literature or the performing arts holds the power to transport, change, influence, and enrich our lives, and those sharing our wondrous planet. In creating and exhibiting my work, I hope to spark a dialogue of awareness. In America, six to eight million animals are taken in by rescue organizations and shelters each year. Protecting the precious life of an animal through volunteering, adoption or donation moves well beyond the rescue of a fellow living creature, for through these generous acts of love, we too are rescued.

Find On The Trail - Site 20

Elm Park Near the Baseball Field

This park is a popular space for families and neighbors! This area has a large, concrete base that is a great space for a sculpture.

ArtPath is generously supported by our title sponsors The Rathbun Insurance and Auto-Owners Insurance. With additional support by:

Michigan Arts and Culture Council Logo
Michigan Economic Development Corporation & Patronicity