Martine Johanna: Unveiling Realism and Female Complexity in Art

In this episode, host Rob Lee interviews Dutch artist Martine Johanna. They discuss Martine's early experiences with art, her journey as an artist, and her upcoming exhibition "A Particular Ghost." Martine shares her inspiration and concept behind the collection, exploring themes of female empowerment, sexuality, and the complexities of the female experience within society. πŸŽ¨πŸ‘©β€πŸŽ¨πŸ‘»

Episode Highlights:
  • Martine shares her early experiences with art and her journey as an artist. [00:01:54] 🎨
  • Martine discusses how her background in fashion and illustration influences her current work. [00:09:46] πŸ‘—πŸŽ¨
  • Martine provides insights into her upcoming exhibition "A Particular Ghost" and the themes she explores in her artwork. [00:33:39] πŸ–ΌοΈπŸ‘»
  • Martine talks about the inspiration behind her paintings "A Round Object Has No Sharp Edge" and "Slow Motion" and the emotions she aims to capture in her work. [00:43:53] 🎨😌
Key Takeaways:

  • Martine's artwork explores themes of female empowerment, sexuality, and the complexities of the female experience within society. 🌸🌟
  • She draws inspiration from her dreams and personal experiences, using her art as a means of self-expression and coping with trauma. πŸ’­πŸŽ¨
  • Martine challenges societal norms and expectations surrounding female bodies and desires, aiming to create a more inclusive and accepting space for women. 🚺🌈

Support Martine Johanna by visiting her website at and checking out her upcoming exhibition "A Particular Ghost" at Hashimoto Contemporary LA. πŸŒπŸ‘»

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Rob Lee
Rob Lee
The Truth In This Art is an interview series featuring artists, entrepreneurs and tastemakers in & around Baltimore.
Martine Johanna
Martine Johanna
Martine Johanna is an artist known for her vivid paintings with both figurative and abstract elements. Her autobiographical works, seemingly lighthearted, explore the duality between youthful naivety and anxiety-riddled adulthood. The figures, fierce but fragile, crowd the compositions and occupy the majority of the space gazing distractedly into the beyond. Each of Johanna’s delicately rendered figures convey a sense of immersion within their own β€œinternal psychic landscape.” The work is imbued with a mysterious narrative and sensation of knowing that each character in the work has a full and complex history that the viewer can never completely comprehend. The paintings have a signature prismatic palette, visually stimulating and playful while expressing an underlying sense of uncertainty and unrest.
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