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For the first time in my life and career, I have works for sale and today I encourage you to buy art and support works, my “body of play” that promote and create connection, celebrate life, subvert and transform societal and environmental issues that need transforming and which are outrageous acts of boundless unity.

And this is how I’m making a living because this is my full-time “activism” and contribution to society. In appreciation of your support through purchases, connections and positive energy towards fulfilling the flow of currency that sustains, let’s keep these works, these “plays” going!! And let’s get them far! They’re off hatching, sprouting, transforming negative into beautiful! obstacles into opportunities! disruption into inspirational!



Flag of US – 48″ X 96″ painted wood and oil pastels

Letters from Iran – 56″ X 96″ on dibond



NY A/V Concept Drawing – 10.5″ x 27″ on archival matte paper


Impromptu Drawing of US: We Are *Almost All Immigrants Concept Drawing – 11″ X 17″ on archival matte paper


PROXY_Florence Concept Drawing – 10.5″ x 27″ on archival matte paper


Contact me through this LINK for inquiries

I Am a Seed

Some of you asked! And yes!!!!! a group is forming! There’s one more chance for us to gather for Living Section Retrospective of My Fertility!

Join us on November 29th from
2-4 at the Weizenblatt Gallery! *

My first solo show and launch of my next project!

Thank you to all who were there for the opening. It meant so much to have you there! Didn’t want to leave you out of this new invitation. There’s also a few new things on the Seed Wall!

Emerging on the other shore after being grabbed by an angry sea!

💛 Love!


* p.s. If that group time doesn’t work, there are two small groups forming for December 13 at 11:30-1:30 and at 2:30-4:30. Otherwise, Gallery hours are: M-F 10-4 Please avoid lunchtime – between 12:30-1:30. Mars Hill University is 15 minutes drive from north Asheville. The exhibit end on December 15.

The Weizenblatt Gallery is in the Moore Fine Arts Building in Mars Hill University. 79 Cascade Street, Mars Hill. North Carolina

For more on Living Section Retrospective of My Fertility
visit WNC Woman’s November 2017 issue and the publication of my artist statement

visit the Mountain Xpress article by Thomas Calder – Interacting with art – Martha Skinner explores different ways to create

For more on I Am a Seed
visit TEDxGreenville’s portfolio about Martha

or go directly to my TEDx talk at:
in youtube – The Exponential Power of Design

For more about the angry sea!
…. .. … .. also watch the YouTube Tedx video above

For an introduction to my new project
visit BeAutism in my website

Bonus: Video of exhibition at this link


More thanks!

I want to thank Elizabeth Lang, Jeff Kinzel, Severn Somerville Eaton, Cannon Crawford-Wilson, Thomas Calder and Mountain Xpress, Sandi Tomlin-Sutker and WNC Woman, Jesse Gumucio-Kitt and Jesse Kitt Photography for your support getting this body of “play” up and running and for helping me get the word out.

… as well as Randy Shull, Julie Becton Gillum, Alice Sebrell and and Black Mountain College Museum, Rebecca MacNeice, Kimathi Moore, Scott Doc Varn and Harmony interiors, Stephen Nerlick, Chad Adair, Charles Skinner for sharing equipment! Thanks Diana Brewster for your continuous help with my website and such expertise!

Thank you to the huge list of collaborators, participants, students, ambassadors… on all of these projects over time!

Thank you to Kenn Kotara for the invitation to do this and Mars Hill University for hosting me! Thank you to the students who helped out. And in particular thanks to Shannon McBride!

Special thanks to Jon Griffith who accompanied me, helped me and supported me until the last minute of the crunch and put up with my huge mess to pull this together.

Special thanks to my grandmother Carmelina (in beautiful memory), mother Marina Skinner and my daughter who doesn’t want to be mentioned but has been such integral part of this process! thanks to these three women for their daily inspiration in this process of life and in this sliver of time that we celebrate!!

Photos by Jesse Kitt during the November 1st opening of the retrospective


Projects in Living Section Retrospective of My Fertility:


NY A/V 2001 – 2005                                                   – photo 14

BiCi_N 2008                                                                 – photos 3, 8, 12

PROXY_Florence 2009                                              – photo 12

Drawing in Between the Line 2007                          – photo 3, 8

Dia de Los Trastos 2008                                             – photo 3, 8

Motion Mapping 2005, 2006, 2011                          – photos 4, 5, 6, 7

Side Walk 1995

from the Inhabitable Drawing Series


10×10, A Table 2011

Flag of US 2017                                                             – photos 9, 10

from the Faces on Top of Faces Series


Dispersed Memorial 2001                                          – photos 6, 11

Memory Cards – Impromptu 2011                           – photo 13

Letters From Iran 2009                                              – photos 2, 4, 7

Se[ct]ism Cut 2014

CiTy-SCAN 2008                                                          – photos 3, 8, 12

from the Living Section Series


The Power of 10^10 2010

I Am a SEED 2015

from the Exponential Power of Design Series


Animal Crossing Characters as Humans and Orchids on a Tree 2017

Still Life 1995

Side Walk 1995

BeAutism 2017

from the Seed Series



Living Section Retrospective of My Fertility


Currently I am digging the fragments of my full-scale inhabitable drawings in preparation for a reconfiguration of these documents and their insertion into the Weizenblatt Gallery at Mars Hill University, a solo show of a career which spans the age of my daughter who recently turned 19. This is how a mother keeps time.

It all began with “Eggs Without a Yolk”, an overexposed super8 film about infertility. I was in fact pregnant but the doctors thought otherwise. Three months into it with dizzy spells and other symptoms that sent me to a gastroenterologist and other specialists, it was revealed that yes, I was indeed carrying a child – to their surprise and the happiest day of my life.

The pregnancy coincided with another huge desire of mine. As my child was forming, I was in the intensive interview process for a teaching fellowship at the University of Michigan, one of three awarded yearly in the school of architecture, an opportunity that would launch my teaching career. Fast-forward several months: I got it – I got the job and I got the baby! My life as a visionary guiding young people to develop visions of their own and represent them in ways that touched and engaged others emerged and began parallel and intertwined with postpartum, a move, and my life nursing and nurturing a brand new being.

The exhibit that I’m preparing contains the projects that I developed during those 19 years: drawings in two, three and four dimensions, slivers of life, CiTy-Scans and cross sections across time, through culture and the physical spaces that contain life. My work is as much a reinterpretation of drawing in which architectural conventions are rethought as much as it is an examination of humanity.

Installations and participatory documents come to life through collective participation. My work, which I prefer to refer to as “play”, is created through connection and exchange. As spaces, performances, experiments and community projects, in playful ways they address, highlight, subvert, societal and environmental issues that need transforming. The process by which they emerge is a celebration of life.

The assemblage of this body of “play” ironically coincides with the onset of a new set of symptoms, dizzy again and other such things that are not fully understood in regards to the completion of a woman’s fertile cycle. This retrospective of my fertility follows a divorce and the letting go of the 19-year career – something that I lost in the process of nurturing my daughter as a teenager when she needed me so much. A cycle ends and this is not a somber thing as society makes it out to be. It is yet another beautiful transition and birthing. I invite you to this celebration and to the launch of my new project!

Place: Weizenblatt Gallery, Mars Hill University School of Art, 79 Cascade Street, Mars Hill, NC 28754

Date: November 1 – December 15, Opening Reception on November 1st 6-8 pm. Gallery hours: M-F 10-4, closed for lunch 12:30-1:30

Meet the artist: November 29th, 2-4 pm

view photos of the exhibit

dispersed memorial

Photo by Dustin White


Martha Skinner’s work has been surveyed in books such as Installations by Architects and Architects Draw and exhibited internationally. Honors for Martha include exhibition of her work in the 10th Venice Biennale and at the 4th International Architecture Biennale Rotterdam, five awards from I.D. Magazine, a Next Generation Award from Metropolis Magazine, second prize award from The Van Alen Institute and receipt of a People, Prosperity and the Planet Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Her work has been recognized in publications such as Discover Magazine, ID Magazine, Metropolis Magazine, Fast Company, Business Week, Architectural Record, A+U, Transmaterial, and WordChanging. She received the Walter B. Sanders Fellowship from the University of Michigan, The Abraham E. Kazan Fund Prize from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art and was selected by the Prime-Time Juried Exhibition for the launch of the New Media Gallery at the Asheville Art Museum. Most recently she was selected to present her ideas in a TEDx talk, titled the Exponential Power of Design. She is founder of a creative collective with that name and co-founder of fieldoffice. Martha taught for 19 years at Clemson University and at The University of Michigan and collaborated with other universities. Martha is a U.S. Citizen, born in Colombia and living in Asheville, N.C. She has lived in Colombia, France, Italy, The Czech Republic, and Spain. Her work can be found at

motion mapping

Photo by Beth Headly


Inhabitable Drawings series:

NY A/V 2001 – 2005

HK A/V 2006

BiCi_N 2008

PROXY_Florence 2009

Drawing in Between the Line 2007

Dia de Los Trastos 2008

Motion Mapping 2005

Side Walk 1995


Faces on Top of Faces series:

Musical Table 1995

10×10, A Table 2011

Impromptu Drawing of US : We Are Almost All Immigrants 2017

Flag of US 2017

Map of My Face 1993


Living Section series:

Dispersed Memorial 2001

Memory Cards – Impromptu 2011

Tierra Querida Eres Una Ilustración de Dr. Zeus 2016

Letters From Iran 2009

Se[ct]ism Cut 2014

CiTy-SCAN 2008


The Exponential Power of Design series:

The Power of 10^10 2010

I Am a SEED 2015


SEEDS series:

Eggs Without a Yolk 1998

Animal Crossing Characters as Humans and Orchids on a Tree 2017

Out of The Box and Moving On a Line 2011

Still Life 1995


And launching:

BeAutism – the idea emerged in 2015 and is coming to life in 2018!!

A gift came to me through this lifetime experience of 19 years, through my daughter and through my body of “play”. BeAutism is a movement, an art project, a constellation of connections, a web, a matrix, a map, a database, in BeAutism, the idea of “disorder”, in this case that of autism, will be subverted to present the reality of what is just a different and beautiful type of mind. BeAutism is a different kind of documentary: a visual and auditory investigation into an invaluable segment of our world’s population. As an art project and a living map, this undertaking will illuminate the power of autistic minds—great minds—while creating a network of connections and possibilities for these intricate, sensitive, focused, perceptive individuals, who are often overwhelmed by our current societal constructs and thus are so often misunderstood.

Photo by Jesse Kitt of me next to my daughter’s painting. For my projects visit my site


“We’ve never had anything like what Martha is preparing and we’ll never have it again”. – Kenn Kotara, Gallery Director


Contact: Martha Skinner (864) 650-8570

GAME-ON! Let’s play!

musical table

Last week prior to Thanksgiving I was drawn to a call for entries called Game On. My motivation to dig out old projects for this helped me realize an aspect of my “work” that I don’t normally emphasize. While I’ve always been aware of the playful collaborations  that I initiate, and I like to talk about play and exploration as opposed to “work”, it is not usual for me to refer to my projects as games. I was amazed at how many of my games I wanted to submit. And in the context of that particular week, it was refreshing to assemble these.

Though I wanted to submit more, I submitted three: Dia de Los Trastos, 10×10, A Table, and Small Environments. It was a great reminder that those playful collaborations have always been about the opposite of what we’re hearing about so much these days. They are about inclusiveness and in playful ways, break down imposed boundaries of all sorts that separate. They reminds us in subtle innate ways about our inherent connection while also nurturing respect and love for our environment. 

dia de los trastos

dia de los trastosDia de Los Trastos

musical table10X10, A Table


Thankful for all who have played and I’m inspired for bigger collaborations, bigger games still yet to play. 

In the spirit of exchange and connection and with the byproduct of drowning out rhetoric that separates, I look forward to huge collaborations.