MY WORK IS ALL DRAWN BY HAND ONTO PAPER USING INK PENS. I BELIEVE BOTH IN THE IMPORTANCE OF CRAFT AND IN THE ABSTRACTION THAT MAKING ART ALLOWS. MY WORK EMPHASIZES THESE CORE OBJECTIVES. I FIND THE POINT WHERE I SET PEN TO PAPER; AND THEN A RESONANCE WHICH ALLOWS ME TO KEEP GOING BEGINS.

 

MY MOTHER WAS A STRONG INFLUENCE IN MY LIFE. SHE WAS INVOLVED WITH IMPORTANT 20TH CENTURY FIGURES FROM BLACK MOUNTAIN COLLEGE; SUCH AS WILLEM DE KOONING; JOHN CAGE, MERCE CUNNINGHAM AND M.C. RICHARDS. MY GODMOTHER, M.C. RICHARDS (AN ARTIST AND POET), AND MY GODFATHER, PAULUS BERENSOHN (A SCULPTOR), WERE THE FIRST PEOPLE TO GIVE ME TRAINING IN ART AND PRODUCING ART. I INHERITED THEIR VALUES AND BELIEFS.

 

I BELIEVE IN THE STRENGTH AND BEAUTY OF NATURE. I BELIEVE IN THE SPIRITUALITY AND UNIVERSAL CONNECTEDNESS OF HUMANITY. I BELIEVE IN THE SIMPLICITY OF A MEDITATIVE LIFE.

 

I AM AN ARTIST AND DESIGNER WHO TRAINED AT THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA'S SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE. MY CAREER INCLUDES FIVE YEARS AT FREDRICK FISHER AND PARTNERS ARCHITECTS. I TAUGHT GRADUATE AND UNDERGRADUATE ART AND DESIGN AT THE CALIFORNIA POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE AND THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA. FOR THE PAST SEVERAL YEARS I HAVE BEEN CONSULTING FOR THE SAN FRANCISCO BASED DESIGN FIRM NICOLE HOLLIS.

 

MY INDEPENDENT STUDIO, COMMERCIAL ART AND DESIGN PRACTICE IS BASED IN SAUSALITO, CALIFORNIA.

 

FOR EXHIBITIONS, AVAILABLE PIECES AND COMMISSIONS CONTACT:

 

JOHANSENMARTA@GMAIL.COM

 

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