Martha Tuttle

Martha Tuttle

Born: 1989, Santa Fe

Biography and Information

Biography

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

Education
2015
MFA, Yale School of Art, New Haven, CT

2011
BA, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY

Solo and Two-Person Exhibitions
2021
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

2020
Outlooks: Martha Tuttle, Storm King Arts Center, New Windsor, NY
Constellations I drew in Nevada, Luce Gallery, Turin, Italy

2019
The Dance of Atoms, Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago, IL
Baccante By The Sea, Geukens & De Vil, Knokke Belgium

2018
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

2016
Metaxu, Tilton Gallery, New York, NY

Group Exhibitions
2021
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

2020
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

2019
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

2018
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

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

Awards and Residencies
2019-2020
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

2017
Residency, A-Z West, Joshua Tree, CA

2016
Residency, The Ucross Foundation Artist Residency, Ucross, WY

2014
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

2012
New Mexico School of Poetics, Ojo Caliente, NM

Press
2021
Duffy, Owen, For the Founding of an Institution, Asian Art Archives in America Leadership Camp, Art & Education, January

2020
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

2019
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

2018
MacAdam, Arthur, Martha Tuttle: I long and seek after, The Brooklyn Rail, January 7

2017
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

2016
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