Martha Tuttle

Martha Tuttle

Born: 1989, Santa Fe

Biography and Information


Martha Tuttle (b. 1989) uses traditional techniques to create mixed media paintings.  She spins, weaves, and dyes wool and embellishes textiles that she makes with an assortment of materials such as graphite, stone dusts and natural pigments. Instead of laying paint onto the surface of a canvas, the painting is the surface. Tuttle’s abstract compositions comprise a variety of hand crafted materials of varying opacities. Her paintings reference bodily connections to the natural world through texture and translucence.

Martha Tuttle currently has an installation at Storm King Art Center in New York’s Hudson Valley. She has had solo shows internationally in Japan, Italy and the United States.  Tuttle’s work has been featured in Artforum, The New York Times, Hyperallergic among other publications. In 2015 she received her MFA from Yale and holds a BA from Bard. Tuttle grew up in Santa Fe, NM and currently resides in Brooklyn, NY.

I like most the part of my practice in which I start to emotionally confuse a piece of cloth, an image of skin, and a landscape. By using conditions of visual simplicity alongside labor-intensive and bodily processes, I am interested in the engagement between my body’s matter and the organic and geologic matter that I work with.  The land (especially the tough/ delicate/ vast space of the west) continues to be my most enduring inspiration. —Martha Tuttle

MFA, Yale School of Art, New Haven, CT

BA, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY

Solo and Two-Person Exhibitions
Summertime at Pie Projects: Joanne Lefrak & Martha Tuttle, Richard Levy Gallery, Santa Fe, NM
Tilton Gallery, New York, NY
Moonrise, Koki Arts Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
Ma/Ma, Lora Reynolds Gallery, Austin, Texas

Outlooks: Martha Tuttle, Storm King Arts Center, New Windsor, NY
Constellations I drew in Nevada, Luce Gallery, Turin, Italy

The Dance of Atoms, Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago, IL
Baccante By The Sea, Geukens & De Vil, Knokke Belgium

As it resembled a bird, it was as if she could fly, Geukens & DeVil, Antwerp, Belgium
Oracles, Luce Gallery, Turin, Italy
I long and seek after, Tilton Gallery, New York, NY

Metaxu, Tilton Gallery, New York, NY

Group Exhibitions
Halsey Mckay Gallery, East Hampton, NY
24 Signs of the Times, Mana Contemporary, Jersey City, NY
This Earth, Southern Utah Museum of Art, Cedar City, Utah

Open Air, Luce Gallery, Turin, Italy
The Blurred Discreteness of Colors, Hiram Butler Gallery, Houston, TX
Abstract! Minimalism to Now, Tilton Gallery, New York, NY
Entwined (two-person exhibition with Jennifer Reifsneider), The Ucross Foundation, Ucross, WY

Embodied: Flesh, Fiber, Features, Galleria Ana Marra, Rome, Italy
The Garden of Cyrus, The Fortnight Institute, NY, NY
The Land That I Live In, Matthew Brown Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Complicated Territory: Alex McQuilkin, Erin Riley, Martha Tuttle, Dorsky Gallery, Long Island City, NY
Veils, Hiram Butler Gallery, Houston, TX
Sutures, Marc Straus Gallery, New York, NY
Silent Transformations, Deli Gallery, New York, NY
Parallel Practices, Western Connecticut State University, Danbury, CT
A Simple Fraction, Doyers, New York, NY
Alan Shields Project, Van Doren Waxter, New York, NY

​The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
The University of San Diego, San Diego, CA

Awards and Residencies
Fellowship, Asian Art Archives Leadership Camp, Asian Art Archives, Brooklyn,NY
Residency, The Montello Foundation, Montello, Nevada
Residency, The Rauschenberg Foundation Residency, Captiva, Florida

2017- 2018
Studio Residency, Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Residency Søndre Green Farm Residency, Noresund, Norway

Residency, A-Z West, Joshua Tree, CA

Residency, The Ucross Foundation Artist Residency, Ucross, WY

Donald C. Gallup Research Fellowship, The Beinecke Rare Books and Manuscripts Library, Yale University, New Haven, CT
Research Fellowship, The Josef Albers Foundation Traveling Fellowship, Bolivia, Peru, and Mexico

New Mexico School of Poetics, Ojo Caliente, NM

Abatemarco, Michael, Martha Tuttle at Pie Projects, Pasatiempo, Santa Fe New Mexican, June 25
Adrian Gomez, A slice of support for art: Pie Projects collaborative gallery backs creativity, Albuquerque Journal, June 20
Duffy, Owen, For the Founding of an Institution, Asian Art Archives in America Leadership Camp, Art & Education, January

Bouhassira, Elza, New Storm King Art Exhibit Features Glass, Marble, and Glacial History, Earth Institute, October 7
Bury, Louis, Martha Tuttle’s Sentient Stones at Storm King, Hyperallergic, September 5
Wally, Maxine, After Months of Online Viewing Rooms, Outdoor Art Exhibitions Fill the Void, W Magazine, September 1
Farago, Jason, Storm King Reopens for the Art-Starved, New York Times, July 9
Weaver, Shane, Storm King is reopening this month with brand-new outdoor artworks, Time Out, July 1, 2020.
Belblidia, Nora, Softening Social Distancing: Poets and Listeners Connect through ‘Phone Call’, Baltimore Arts, April 17

Leahy, Brian T, Martha Tuttle, Artforum, October 2019.
DeLand, Lauren, Martha Tuttle’s Textiles Merge Modernist Aesthetics with Molecular Theory, Art in America, September 23
Vogel, Maria, Martha Tuttle Embodies the Natural World, Art of Choice, January 30

MacAdam, Arthur, Martha Tuttle: I long and seek after, The Brooklyn Rail, January 7

Grabner, Michele, Martha Tuttle and Henry Chapman: Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Artforum, November
Segal, Mark, The Art Scene: 08.31.17, The East Hampton Star, August 31
Kany, Daniel, Fiber and painting grow closer in exhibit at Able Baker Contemporary, Portland Press Herald, July 30
Schroeder, Nick, A Show of Support- Able Baker’s ‘Selvedge’ Sees Painting Through a Totally Different Grain, The Conway Daily Sun, July 18

Martha Tuttle, THE Magazine, April
Bui, Phong, Martha Tuttle: Metaxu, The Brooklyn Rail, February 3
Ebony, David, David Ebony’s Top 10 New York Gallery Shows This Winter, Artnet news, January 29

Press Release
2021 Summertime at Pie Projects at Richard Levy Gallery