The sculptures evolve into strange, abstracted creatures that might emerge from the packed, dense worlds of the paintings and books. They come into being organically through a process of wrapping and building with tape. Wide, narrow, clear, fluorescent, neutral, stretchy, stiff, easy to tear or not, tape provides endless possibilities. Wrapped around pill bottles, vitamin bottles, used masks, old lamps that still work, spice racks or dishwasher parts, the tape allows me to build layers, both obscuring and revealing the innards of the creatures. The intense pop colors are surprising and call for attention, while the transparent and translucent layers beckon the viewer to peer inside and explore familiar objects.
Whether drawing, making books or building sculptures, I work intuitively, one mark leading to the next. I trust that my eyes and hands know what moves to make in dialogue with the materials. This way of working gives me access to my deepest thoughts and feelings. I create work that invites the viewer into my world and offer it as an example of a creative process that is open to anyone.
Martha Chason-Sokol is currently an MFA Candidate at Lesley University. Deeply shocked by her brother’s suicide in 2013, she recommitted herself to artmaking a year later. Since that time she has participated in open studios in Brookline, Fort Point Channel and at the Brickbottom artists building. She has shown her work locally and nationally, attended the RUC Residency in Italy and been a finalist twice for a solo show at the Bromfield Gallery. Her practice has grown and matured through her participation in Patricia Miranda’s Crit Lab, SOWA life drawing groups and the International Encaustic Conference. She recently moved to a live/work space in Everett, MA where she hopes to teach from her studio, facilitate life drawing groups and create connections through art in her new community once the Covid crisis is over. Chason-Sokol is a member of the Cambridge Art Association and is treasurer for the Everett, Cultural Council.