Art@Bainbridge | Body Matters / Martha Friedman

Martha Friedman, Bust 4, from Mummy Wheat, 2021. Courtesy of the artist and Jessica Silverman, San Francisco © Martha Friedman / photo: Kristine Eudey

Martha Friedman is a sculptor whose multimedia practice incorporates choreography, printmaking, drawing, cast and poured rubber, mold-blown glass, plaster, wax, and concrete into works that encompass her interdisciplinary interests. Body Matters presents two new series of sculptures by the artist, a Princeton University faculty member. Friedman draws inspiration from the sculptural traditions of ancient Egyptian mummification, Greco-Roman portrait busts, nineteenth-century public monuments, and drawings of the brain structure and nerves by the early-twentieth-century neuroscientist Santiago Ramón y Cajal. In bringing together these influences, Friedman mines the space between visceral and intellectual experiences of the body to consider the ways in which our physical forms shape our understanding of being human and our desire to transcend those limits. Body Matters is curated by Mitra M. Abbaspour, Haskell Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art.  

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Art@Bainbridge is made possible through the generous support of the Virginia and Bagley Wright, Class of 1946, Program Fund for Modern and Contemporary Art; the Kathleen C. Sherrerd Program Fund for American Art; Joshua R. Slocum, Class of 1998, and Sara Slocum; and Barbara and Gerald Essig.

Additional support is provided by the Frederick Quellmalz, Class of 1934, Photography Fund; and Stacey Roth Goergen, Class of 1990, and Robert B. Goergen.