Martina Patterson, an artist, master naturalist, herbalist, environmental educator, and land steward, will be the new Artist-in-Residence at Central Library for The Bubbler at Madison Public Library this summer.
Patterson, known as Mars, will be in residence in the Bubbler Room at Central Library through July and will host a variety of events, including open studio hours and workshops. The theme of Mars’ residency is “EcoRest Art & Reflection.” Through the interdisciplinary art of fiber and eco-mixed media, she explores, highlights, and reflects on the phenology of nature and the human experience with the intent to grow, inspire, and educate.
“Mars has such a calming and welcoming presence that allows for participants to feel comfortable enough to think more deeply about their identity as related to their surroundings – past, present, and future,” said Bubbler Program Assistant Carlee Latimer in a statement. “The large-scale visuals they’re creating with the community are altering the energy of our Bubbler Room space at Central Library in real-time.”
Mars will explore the intersectionality of art, plants, soil, and community using reflective and reconnecting processes over the next few months, according to a press release from the City of Madison. The Madison community is invited to explore ideas and stories through nature by capturing images and using polaroids that they feel are a reflection of themselves or a representation of their life story. You can participate by dropping into an Open Studio Session or signing up to attend a workshop.