MARTHA JACKSON JARVIS STUDIO MAIDEN VOYAGE / TAJIKISTAN

Crossing the Varzob River

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Today marks the maiden voyage of the Martha Jackson Jarvis Blog. Welcome to the journey. I view this blog as an extraordinary opportunity to share a window into the process and adventure of creative thought as I navigate the waters of my vision and place on Earth as an artist. We begin our journey today in Dushanbe, Tajikistan…

June 2008

I was fortunate to visit Tajikistan from June 5, to June 16, 2008 as a Cultural Envoy Artist for the US State Department.

Each day was strategically filled with intense activity and interaction with artists and people of Tajikistan.

Public lectures at the Bactria Cultural Center and the Art Institute were well attended, each having a diverse audience of artists, art critics, students, arts administrators and lay people of Dushanbe. Both lectures were presented as a comprehensive introduction to a contemporary artist’s point of view on public and environmental art. I shared images of rural Virginia where I was born and the southern landscape that had influenced my work. Digital photographs of previously executed works and public sculpture installations were presented and discussed. Elements of artistic organization and marketing were discussed in relationship to the world market and possible future contributions by artists.

Mumtoz Kamolzoda, a young, gifted video artist, provided language translation. Her depth and understanding of art facilitated seamless translation and transition from English to Russian and in some cases Tajik for the audiences. Master classes were conducted at the Art Institute and the Art College’s Summer Retreat in Varzob. Each master class was quite different, reflecting the character and accomplishment of the participating students.

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Master Class at Art College’s Summer house in Varzob

Site Installation created at Varzob

Site Installation created at Varzob

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Bundles of fuel and symbolic fire are spread among the cooling trees

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