June 7 – 12, 2020

BMCM+AC Instagram (@bmcmuseum)

Artist Michelle Yi Martin takes over our Instagram, sharing her connections to Black Mountain College in conjunction with our current exhibition I AM A CITIZEN OF THE WORLD.

In Michelle’s words, “How we live, if one is still enough, may bless us with a moment in which we are simultaneously insignificant and remarkable. It’s in this spot, the in-between, that I live, and it’s art that holds me there. As a Korean immigrant, I think I’ve always had a deep kinship with the soul of Black Mountain College, even before I knew it existed. It is seeing and feeling the world untethered to place.”⁠

Yi Martin lives in San Francisco, but actively draws on her Korean immigrant roots in her practice. She is a multi-disciplinary artist and self-taught weaver, who characterizes her work as a conversation between convention, art, utility, adornment, material, light, solidity, and space. Recently, Yi Martin received a grant by the Danish Arts Council to exhibit her monofilament sculptures in Aarhus, and she completed residencies at the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, Textilsetur, and the Space Program. Additionally, she has exhibited at The Textile Center in Iceland, Ovartaci in Denmark, Nationale in Portland, Roundweather in Oakland, Luggage Gallery in San Francisco, and the Berkeley Art Center.⁠