ARTIST OF THE WEEK: MARTHA LAMONTFebruary 21, 2017
UO speaks to Martha Lamont a young, aspiring artist who is finding her creative path by learning and developing a wide range of skills. She currently possesses a great talent with sculpting and painting the human body and more recently has explored the medium of puppetry. Lamont shares with us the artist who inspire her the most and the music that motivates her to be creative.
UO: What is your first memory of being creative?
I was always a kid who loved to draw. I don’t think I have an earliest memory, however, I have recently discovered a book I wrote and illustrated when I was 8. Shocking story line, (and not much better illustrations) but the bio at the end states that I will grow up to be an artist and that was when I was 8 years old. Therefore I suppose that passion never left me.
UO: What draws you to sculpting and drawing the human body?
The human form is a subject that has always interested me. There is so much complexity within us, and exploring unspoken subjects through painting and sculpting has always been a thing I’ve loved doing and would love to get better at. It also gives me the opportunity to emotionally vent on occasion. Something I’ve only discovered recently is by not venting my anxiety through painting, it tends to surface.
UO: As a young artist your skills are constantly developing. Is there an art skill that you want to learn?
Of course, I have plenty to learn. Puppetry is something I’m very new at and would love to get better at. To develop myself into someone who makes puppets for stop motion is a dream right now, and one I hope to work towards. As well as developing and refining my current skills as a painter and sculptor.
UO: Which is your favourite medium to work in and why?
I love oil paint. Painting is the medium I feel most comfortable in and the one I can truly zone out to.
UO: What was the inspiration behind the sculpture ‘enclosed’?
There is lots of inspiration behind that piece. The idea was first triggered through watching The Matrix, which honed in all my overthinking about how society is run, and how we live our lives accordingly. I suppose it became a more personal piece when developing the design, and turned into a piece about anxiety and confusion.
UO: Have you got any new projects or ideas that you are currently working on?
I have lots of ideas brewing, but all playful personal work. I would love to do some more character illustrations alongside some little head sculpts mostly for practice. I would also love to do some portraits of my closest chums in my life and really try to capture their essence. As well as doing some mixed media illustrations of the silliest things in my brain, as that’s always good fun. On a larger scale, I have an installation proposal ready and popping for the right moment where I have the tools and people to make a little room of magic. The time will come, I have faith.
UO: Have any artists inspired your work if so which artists?
There is a whole world of crafty buggers that I’m in awe of. Sculpturally Anthony Gormley and Bruno Walpoth both amaze me with their ability to story tell through sculpture. I have to say that Brian Booth Craig has been a big inspiration with his motivation and skill, who I worked with last year. I love painters like Nathan ford, and Jenny Saville because of how grotesque but beautiful their work can be. Oh, and the work of Choi Xooang is so weird but wonderful. The list could go on for days… I would love to take a little bit of all their work and put my own spin on it to create something of my own.
UO: What motivates you?
Just talking about all those artists, makes me want to go and make. Having little ups and downs emotionally makes me want to make something, whether it is silly or serious. Music is a big part of my life too, which is a big influence in motivation.
UO: What music do you listen to to get you into the creative mood?
Artists like Nicolas Jaar and Frank Ocean are on the top of my creative playlist. However, a mixture of Afro-beat, funk, hip-hop and soul music all relax me into a creative mood.
UO: Where do you hope to see your art career in 10 years time?
That’s a hard one, I have no idea really. I am at a stage in my life where I could go in so many directions. Maybe I’ll be a solo painter, maybe an illustrator, maybe I’ll learn to be a puppeteer, or do a masters in sculpture. That’s not me saying I could boss all those things, more that I need to keep creating and my creative path will find me! (Here’s hoping!)