Q: Based on Martina’s work, develop the use of memory and narrative in her work.
In Martina Lopez’s work, the contrast between the foreground and the background suggests the significance of perspective and viewpoint when examining the topics of memory and narrative. The artwork not only portrays memories in a narrative that is distinct to Lopez’s family only, but also lets the audience to adapt the narrative to their own individual perceptions. How the audience adapts the narrative to their own perspectives is accomplished through the background that uses familiar symbols within each family, person’s life. Also, the background is presented in darker, passive and the sky is shown in a dream-like feel, which is significant of a memory. I believe her art is a way of her recreating her memories with her family in a way that she would prefer to remember. Lopez used to look at these old pictures and be upset. They would only bring bad memories to her. Therefore, she decided to edit and manipulate the pictures into a new image which would make her look back at them and smile.