“Doubts” is a fragmented self-portrayal of artist Rochelle Martin’s life. Through photography, video and writing, she delves into themes of growing up and changing. “‘Doubts’ is about the girl I once was, the religion I chose to walk away from, and the artist I want to become,” explains Martin.
As she got older, doubts of the certainty of what kind of life she wanted crept up. Martin began questioning everything and saw the world differently. Through her art and writing, many changes and her understanding of these changes happened.
With a background in writing, she thinks of art in similar ways. She uses dresses as a symbol of the girl she once was and how fleeting childhood is. Purity and an adult view of the world is represented with white snow and winter landscapes. Discarded insects and their exoskeletons are used as a metaphor of the remains of her past; for fragility, for growth, and for doubt.
On display at Madison Central Library in the second floor exhibition space, “Doubts” opened in early July and will close Sept. 25.
— Robyn Norton