Martha's Unique Collages

In 2009, motivated by Barack Obama's election, 'A Day to Remember' was created.  The most recent was 'Wait, I Got This' done in 2015

Wait, I Got This

Contemplation

OUR RECENT PAST REVISITED  - HOPE

Rosa Parks, the Bus Boycott, Martin Luther King surrounded by the turmoil and violence of the Civil Rights Movement led to Barack Obama being the first African American President in the White House. The symbols of hope are the dove over the scene and the little girl and boy in front who represent today and the hope of the future.    

A Day to Remember   1/20/09

The historic day when the first African American was sworn in as President of the United States

Tranquil Waters - Protector/Friend 

This little boy and girl could be brother and sister or just friends. From the point of view of both, the boy's arm around the girl seems to suggest protection, safety, friends. Together they look out on Tranquil Waters

Surviving Kudzu

Kudzu can represent any overwhelming life situation. The insidious, creeping, engulfing vines seen along the roadsides in the Carolinas is the background for this collage. The girl is still standing in spite of her surroundings.

Mommy's Back

Who's saying 'Mommy's Back', the little girl glad to see her mommy after an absence or the mommy reassuring her little girl that she's back and she's ok

My Pink Rose 

Jada loves everything pink including her rose. Her mother looks lovingly at 'her' pink rose.

Sad Little Boy

His face was so appealing that I had to do it

Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow

The Shotgun houses are the past - the Charlotte skyline, the airplane and the little girl looking straight at us are today - the older girl is looking off to the future and contemplating what is to come is tomorrow.

Waiting: a Congo Refugee Camp

I found her gaze to be compelling.  The photographer, Finbar O'Reilly, gave his permission to use her as the resource for this collage.

Trailblazers 2012
Harvey B. Gantt - The first black mayor of Charlotte 
Barack Obama - The first black president 
Anthony Fox - Former mayor of Charlotte and currently the Secretary of Transportation

TRAILBLAZERS 2012

Harvey B. Gantt - The first black mayor of Charlotte

Barack Obama - The first black president

Anthony Fox - The second black mayor of Charlotte and currently the Secretary of Transportation

Charlotte – the skyline features the Harvey Gantt Center for African American Arts and Culture and the towering Duke Power building. Washington looms in the background.

Friends

Joy 2 

Young Mother on Mother's Day

Using Format