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 European philosophy and aesthetics on the construction of race and identity. Recent essays include “Andrea Brustolon and Kerry James Marshall: Visualizations of Blackness” and “Becoming Monumental: The Contemporary State of Black Female Subjectivity.” Academic interests include African American Art and Aesthetics, Global Perspectives on Modern and Contemporary Art, and Visual Culture Intersections of Modern and Contemporary Politics and Aesthetics.
She is a Co-Chair of the panel discussion “Reframing Aesthetics: Diaspora, Historicity, and The Myth of Truth” at the upcoming College Art Association conference (Feb. 2021). Additionally, she is a contributor to the forthcoming publication THREE from Radius Books (Dec. 2020).
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.
She currently lives and works in Oakland, CA.