Melissa Martinez

PollinationTaffeta, Vinyl, velvet, dupioni silk, pollen balls, steel frame

25’ l x 25’ w x 10’ h

Scottsdale Public Art Commission

Corner of 5th Ave & Marshall Way in Scottsdale, Arizona

Martinez’s artwork is very personal and reflective of her life and emotions. Melissa empathizes with nature, which inspires her to contemplate her own feelings. She often utilizes natural materials, movements, and phenomenons that are often overlooked. Her drawings, sculpture, video, and installations provide a momentary focus upon basic beauty and the oddity of simplicity. With increasingly multitasking lifestyles, our interests often come from efficient new technologies and complex human engineering; Martinez’s work refers to moments that pass us by during ordinary, everyday moments. Rather than implying that we should “get back to nature,” it shows how nature, by its own engineering, is an integral part of our daily lives.

Light of the NightFiberglass, automotive paint, Astroturf, LCD projection

80’ l x 40’ w x 40’ h

Icehouse, Phoenix, Arizona

Beautiful & Toxic InstallationHand cut paper silhouettes of poisonous plants

515 Arts, Phoenix, Arizona