Carolyn Jean Martin is a writer, educator, and artist born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She attended the San Francisco Art Institute where she received an MA in the History and Theory of Contemporary Art and an MFA in painting.
Her writing practice interrogates the impact of philosophy and aesthetic traditions on the construction of race and identity, with an emphasis on articulations of Blackness in the Western visual field. Academic interests include art and aesthetics of the African diaspora, global perspectives on modern and contemporary art, and visual culture intersections of modern and contemporary politics and aesthetics. Carolyn has presented her research at the University of Pretoria, UC Berkeley, San Francisco Art Institute, and the College Art Association conference.
Her art practice combines installation art, sculpture, and painting to create work that examines and challenges narratives of ‘Americanness’ and contemporary culture in the United States. Her work has appeared in exhibitions in Guangzhou, China; Montréal, Canada; San Francisco, California; and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.