A Playful Afternoon, 2020, Watercolors and acrylics on yupo, 10 x 8 inches


Martina Sestakova

“My paintings in the “Visual Insights into Life’s Beauty” series celebrate how we choose to honor life with our words. Literature inspires by artwork; words build bridges between colors, shapes, and textures. I work on yupo, and non-absorbent medium, and you may find me creating in a cold studio to extend the drying process or in my garden in bright light watching water disappear before my eyes. These aspects of the painting process bring me back to the power of our words: sometimes they note fleeting moments, other times they stick with us for years.”

About the artist:

Martina Sestakova engages in textile design, painting, and art education. Martina creates scarves that invoke stories from life experiences. Her scarves have been featured on Voice of America and at the Smithsonian American Art Museum (DC). In her watercolor paintings, she communicates words through colors and shapes. Her artworks have been shown at the Adah Rose Gallery (MD) and Latela Curatorial (DC) and other art institutions. As an art educator, Martina offers online workshops and brings creativity to communities with limited access to the arts, such as individuals in correctional institutions. Martina Sestakova resides in Kensington, MD.

VisArts 2021 Faculty & Student Show


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