Rachel Martin is an enrolled Tlingit artist who works and lives in Queens, NYC. In her work, she focuses on themes of Indigenous sovereignty and tribal identity through images of traditional subsistence foods, matriarchal figures, landscapes and sea creatures with humorous undertones and layered symbolism. Some of her artworks delve into the harms wrought by colonization, while others consider connections between the human/animal/spirit worlds. Working primarily in sculpture and drawing, her compositions employ readymade materials and pop-cultural motifs that evoke a sense of familiarity and discovery.
Rachel’s work has attracted the attention and support of several notable private galleries, collectors, and public institutions, across America, including the Anchorage Museum in Alaska and the Forge Project in Upstate New York. Her work is currently included in the notable Gochman Family Collection and the Forge Project permanent collection.
Rachel Martin, Bring home fish never flowers, 2022, 22.5 x 30 inches
Our Mother Her Mother Her Mothers Mother, 2022, 24 x 18 inches
Rachel Martin, The Water Is My Church, 2022, 30 x 22.5 inches
Rachel Martin, Smoked wild salmon on a goddamn cracker heart, 2021, 19 x 25 inches
Rachel Martin, Herring Protector, 2021, 12 x 16 inches