Michael Storey Martin attempts to bridge the conscious and the unconscious mind of both the artist and the viewer. Forms are broken into fragments, and hidden erosions are revealed, but this unsettling content is in service to the greater truths often blocked by traditional prettiness.
After a lifetime of painting and drawing, a rediscovered passion for photography has revitalized his work. As a former gallery owner on Rue Royale in New Orleans, the possibility of bringing a painterly aesthetic to the discipline of photography was crucial in making his latest leap through technology. Sacrificing the visceral pleasures of a traditional studio, in favor of what originally appeared to the artist to be the sterile nature of the digital realm, didn’t seem to be a compromise worth making. Ironically, working digitally has provided endless possibility and the potential to create work that is not compromised by the sacrifice of conventional art supplies.