Martha Makosky is a Seattle area artist working with a variety of printmaking techniques. She is drawn to organic forms and textures in the representational and the abstract. She is interested in the way art can investigate the intersection between morphology, or the biological mechanisms of pattern formation, and human perceptions and desires.
Returning to the United States as a teenager after being raised abroad, she began to experience cultural dislocation and some insight borne of being an outsider. As an adult, she is curious about belonging, alienation, and the divisiveness of identifying self and other. What does this mean for human life, and our understanding of our relationships to each other and our world? What happens to us mentally and physically if we view ourselves as separate, and so alter the environment? Making art feels like a transcription of human imposition on universal patterns in an attempt to remove obstacles between them--ultimately, to cause less harm and to feel less alone.