We had the good fortune of connecting with Elizabeth Martin and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Elizabeth, have you ever found yourself in a spot where you had to decide whether to give up or keep going? How did you make the choice?
In terms of picking what exits the development stage, I’ve learned to pay attention to how I’m approaching a project. In general, I know I’m making something good if all I want to do is work on it. I can get stuck in the idea stage, which isn’t a productive space for me- even if I like the idea at that point. If your concept can’t fully come out, put it on the back burner to let it develop, and move on. I made this comic, Walking Through Capitola*, this year. I had the general idea of what I wanted to do, and immediately started layout and illustration. I’m happy with how it came out, I put a lot of active time into it. It made me reconsider how I should approach making things. Putting out finished work is important. To quote Aline Kominsky, in Diary of a Teenage Girl (2015), “Keep drawing anything you can. Just keep drawing”.
*Check it out at elizabethmartin.online/walking-through-capitola
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I like to make loose, aesthetically driven portraits of things. My work tries to give feeling and memory physicality. Projects can be looked at as meditations on love, grief, image, etc. I primarily express this through movement and spatiality. I am inspired by moments of uncanniness.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Book Monster in Santa Monica has been one of my go to’s since high school. They have a decent selection of reasonably priced, used books. If I’m in the area, I’d rather go there than buy used online. A couple blocks away from there, you’ll find Demitasse. They’ve got great coffee- I’d get their special. My last rec is the Hauser and Wirth gallery near little tokyo. According to my roommate they’ve got chicken near the property, but I’ve not seen one.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My friend Dani @djhielscher is putting out really vibrant work on instagram. She’s a really talented animator, and has been doing these nice colored pencil drawings lately. Thanny @thanosvalentine is a collage artist, and has been working on a series of tarot cards from cutouts of playboy/penthouse magazines. Also shout out to my friend Oscar @oosky for shouting me out.
wine picture taken by my mom, Cynthia Martin