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ADVANCING THE ARTS ACROSS MARYLAND

Martha Edgerton

Martha Edgerton

Artist Work

Motherland I
2013
Mixed media: paper, cloth, glue, straw twine, acrylic paint.
29cm(H) x 36cm(W)
I Was Once Lost
2011
Mixed media: cloth, binders board, glue, paper, nylon thread/mesh, water and acrylic pigments
40cm(H) x 28.5cm(D) x 50cm(W)
Traded Spices II
2013
Mixed media: fabric, binders board, cloth, glue, paper, wooden sticks, metal
26cm(H) x 52cm(W—open) x 16.5cm(D)
Then and Now
2015
Mixed media: fabric, polyester film, wood, paper, adhesives, pigments, binders board
cm(H) x cm(W) x cm(D)

Artist Information

County
Baltimore County
Artistic Category

Visual Arts

Artist Bio

After a 35 year career in the preservation field, conserving rare library materials at prestigious educational institutions in the mid-Atlantic region, Martha Edgerton transitioned from being a certified book and paper conservator to being the creator of the traveling exhibition entitled “The Amazing Race: The Atlantic Slave Trade through the Pages of Book Art.” 

While working as a full-time conservator, Edgerton began (circa 2003) utilizing her professional bookbinding skills and informal visual arts training to make book art. Her passion for black history, in particular the subject of slavery, led her to create book art objects that would portray aspects of the topic.  

After creating several successful objects, the idea struck her to create a full-fledged traveling exhibition.  Exhibit production (centered mainly around books) had been a major part of Edgerton’s duties throughout her preservation career.  Needless to say, these extra skills prepared her to fulfill her dream through this unique form of  book art.