Saturday, August 04, 2012

Maryland artist featured at Smithsonian

Picture of a pillow with impressions made from reclaimed Baltimore marble.

Sebastian Martorana, a sculptor and illustrator living and working in Baltimore, is featured in 40 under 40: Craft Futures, an exhibition at the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery that investigates evolving notions of craft within traditional media such as ceramics and metalwork, as well as in fields as varied as installation art, fashion design and mathematics.

A 2012 Individual Artist Award recipient and alumnus of the Maryland Institute College of Art’s Rinehart School of Sculpture, Martorana’s current studio is part of the stone shop at Hilgartner Natural Stone Company in Baltimore. 

“Impressions” (pictured)—a marble piece depicting a pillow showing the indentation left by a sleeping head—is made from reclaimed Baltimore marble. The piece was acquired by the Smithsonian and can be viewed on the first floor of the Renwick Gallery as part of the 40 Under 40: Craft Features exhibit through February 3, 2013.

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