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Martha Buttress


“Every act of perception, is to some degree an act of creation, and every act of memory is to some degree an act of imagination”                                     – Oliver Sacks

Martha uses sculpture as a physical representation of recognition processes, to create disparity between expectation and experience. She explores the boundaries between art and neuroscience whilst perceptions of reality are altered and obstructed.

 Visual agnosia, an impairment in recognition of visually presented objects, is a particular focus in her practice. Perceptual ambiguity and confusion are created by the artist through a manipulation of found and banal items. Uncanny combinations of objects negate their expected function. The properties of material and factors of composition, including shape and line orientation, are deconstructed then reconstructed to unpack an unconscious process.


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