Using discarded bicycle tyres as the basis for her work, Martirosyan explores the transformative potential of repeated actions and the evocative power of materials in a state of rejection. Her engagement with the reclaimed rubber is purposely physical and tactile in its nature as she cuts, weaves and knots the tyres into large scale forms.
Gradually invading the gallery space, the final installation is suggestive of organic growth and mutation. The work’s emotional weight is carried by its visual density, offering an intense visceral experience to the viewer.
About the Artist
Martirosyan is a Cork-based artist, working primarily in the mediums of sculpture and installation. Martirosyan graduated from the Crawford College of Art and Design in 2016, receiving a number of residencies and exhibition awards, including residencies at The National Sculpture Factory and Sample Studios, Ireland. Her most recent exhibitions include: MUTATIO, Art Laboratory Pink Grig, Moscow, Russia; ‘Monumental/Temporal’, PRAKSIS, Norway; OUTFLOW, two person show With Ronnie Hughes, 126 Gallery, Galway Arts Festival, Ireland, 2018; Photophobia Contemporary Moving Image Festival, Hamilton Ontario, 2018. She is currently a member of Cork Artists Collective.