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Frame of Reference

Artist Statement

Angela-Maria Martinez (b. 1998), Orlando, Florida

In my work, I explore the overlooked complexities of linguistics within the languages I speak and I examine the philosophical ideologies that surround the different perspectives offered by those languages I do not understand. As a bilingual, I have often pondered about the languages I speak fluently and how their differences allowed me to understand my surroundings in distinctive ways. Through the use of peaceful colors and audio, a combination of abstract and minimalist imagery, and a time-based medium, I seek to reveal the undiscovered possibilities of spoken language. It is through tranquil imagery and audio that I attempt to convey the individuality of each language, both in their structures and organization as well as their characteristic mappings of the world around us.

I incorporate Spanish and English phrases to demonstrate the systematic function of language, the way in which we use verbal communication to classify and understand the world around us. I utilize video to illustrate the constant fluctuation of linguistic expression and to guide the viewer into a contemplative state of mind. By combining Spanish audio with English text, I draw attention to the communicative structure that binds all spoken languages, while simultaneously representing each language as its own individualistic entity. The imagery depicted alongside the video pieces reflects the systematic nature of language and the infinite ways of expression that are properly communicated due to its organization. Such an approach allows me to visually represent the unique possibilities for representation gifted by each individual language.

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Mix Media

Short Description

The Cornell Fine Arts Museum in collaboration with the Department of Art and Art History at Rollins College is pleased to present Frame of Reference, an exhibition debuting the work of five senior Studio Art majors from the class of 2020.

In this piece, artist Angela-Maria Martinez explores the construction of the world through the lens of the Spanish and English languages.

Information about the art works featured in this one-time exhibition can be found at:


50.8 cm x 93.98 cm x 7.9 cm


acrylic on wooden panels; looped HD video with audio

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Copyright 2020, Angela-Maria Martinez. Reproduced with permission. The artists and/or collaborators who contribute to the Rollins College Student Art Gallery and Archive retain the rights to their own works. In making these collection materials available, Rollins College does not grant permission to reproduce or redistribute them, in part or in full. The College does not own the copyright to any of the materials, cannot grant any requests for permission to reproduce them, and will forward reproduction requests to the artists and/or collaborators.


linguistics, languages, bilingual, abstract, minimalism, abstraction, time, words, spoken word, audio, Spanish, English, communication, video art, video


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