February 19, 2014

3 Things: Martha Jackson Jarvis’ Markings II

In mid-January, Martha Jackson Jarvis installed her Markings II on our front lawn as part of AAC’s exhibition CSA: Forty Years of Community-Sourced Art. Here are three things to know about Martha’s artwork:

Martha Jackson Jarvis at Arlington Arts Center
Martha Jackson Jarvis at Arlington Arts Center

1.) Martha’s work frequently reflects the vernacular of the south and specifically agriculture. The form of her piece is loosely based on a winnowing house – a structure used in farming to separate the grain from the chaff.

2.) Markings II depicts severed chicken feet, but the forms are meant to be read in a variety of ways – perhaps too as hands or tree roots.

3. Martha’s Markings series began with an installation that she did in an unmarked slave cemetery in 2000 at Montpelier, James Madison’s plantation in Orange, Virginia. More info here.

If you’re planning to stop by the grounds this weekend to check out Martha’s work, bring the kids to our Tiffany Workshop while you enjoy our 40th anniversary exhibition in the galleries or on the grounds.

One more interesting thing to note, is that while our public art pieces are part of the CSA show, they will be in place more than a month longer than the indoor exhibition – Martha’s piece and the other two on the grounds will be on view until May 20.

Martha Jackson Jarvis incorporates forms that reference chicken feet, but that also evoke hands and roots, among other things.
Martha Jackson Jarvis incorporates forms that reference chicken feet, but that also evoke hands and roots, among other things.

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