Saraphina Martin: Enchanted Garden
Seraphina Martin, Enchanted Garden
Both the Printmakers and Willoughby Arts Centre cover Seraphina's biography comprehensively when they state that Seraphina Martin studied printmaking at the National Art School in Paris, moving to Sydney in 1979 to teach at Sydney University Art Workshop. She was the recipient of the NSW Art Gallery, Moya Dyring Studio residency in Paris at the Cite Des Arts in 1988. She studied the Viscosity at the Atelier 17 under Master printer William Hayter. In 1994 she trained with American printmaker Dan Welden who initiated the non toxic method called Solar Plate Etching. Seraphina has developed this in her art practice and taught the process to promote safe printmaking practice. She taught printmaking at The Tin Sheds Art Workshop, Sydney University as well as at TAFE NSW at Meadowbank and Hornsby. In 2009 she was a delegate for Australia, to select Australian printmakers to participate in the International Printmaking Biennale, Sarcelles, France. Seraphina travelled to India in 2011, to take up an artist in residency at the Government School of Art in Calcutta. She taught Solar Plate etching there and at Kola Bhavan University, Shantineketan, West Bengal. In 2014 Hazelhurst Regional Gallery Sydney showed a survey exhibition of her work from 1990-2014, showcasing her Indian experience. Seraphina is represented in public and private collections in Australia and overseas.
The Work of Art
Like the Garden of Eden, Seraphina's prints are often influenced by gardens and exotic (often Indian) animals. Like many of Seraphina's artworks, Enchanted Garden is sensitively hand coloured, the print shows an innocent and fruitful world. The print was made using a woodcut block and is one of a very limited edition of eight. More recently Seraphina has been working in exploring non toxic techniques of Solar Plate etching which is entirely appropriate for her gentle themes as it uses the sun to etch photosensitive plates, avoiding the acid used in traditional etching.