A Reflection - Marta Sanchez (NEW)
A Frank Reflection of Beginnings and Endings
About the Work

From the Artist

This piece is about a view from a screen door. The organic fluid grid keeps the viewer separated from the female dog that is alone and melting under the hot sun. An abandoned mother that is in the middle ground stands still waiting for food and attention.

All this happening at once: the viewer watching, the dog and the woman, the train passing. The trains pass along making noise as they rattle voices of the past. 

In this 20th-century moment, the viewer sees the signs of change approaching quickly . As the neighborhood becomes erased for something new, all involved—foreground, middle and background—know of the inevitable.
—Brandywine Workshop and Archives records

My work has been an ongoing narrative of past experiences, memories, and modern day concerns. I combine art and philanthropy, creating art whose sole purpose is to be used for the greater good. I started out creating Cascarones due to my longing for family; it turned into a sharing the folkloric art of Cascarones to assist others. The aspect of text on traditional retablos allowed me to venture to connect with contemporary Latina writers in the Americas. The collaboration with Norma E. Cantu titled “Transcendental Train Yards” offered entry to another realm, creating  parallel example of the sensibility of the visual narrative and the literary narrative in a serigraph suite of prints. Outside of working on the Mexican experience with the train yards I also have another project on recording my family history. 

The catalyst of all my work is the desire to bookmark events and people that may not otherwise be noticed. For that reason I continue this direction as I focus on a secondary project that I feel has not reached its full potential. 
—From Brandywine Workshop and Archives records

As a child I believed that art held a daily purpose for everyone. It not only helped my grandmother worship and communicate to God and her many saints but also uplifted all of us with spiritual images and taught morals based on the narratives of the images. Art that is purposely meant to bless others is what I want to share in this exhibition. 

My work has always been connected to creating images that could be purposeful. I have been interested in art that uplifted people by noting them and their lives through a Mexican retablo format, documenting people and actions that would otherwise go unnoticed. 
—From Brandywine Workshop and Archives records

About the Artist

Printmaker and painter Marta Sanchez was born in San Antonio, TX. She earned a BFA from the University of Texas, Austin, and an MFA from the Tyler School of Art and Architecture at Temple University, Philadelphia.

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A Frank Reflection of Beginnings and Endings

Marta Sanchez

Latin American

Offset Lithograph




21.5" x 30"

Edition Size

24 prints in this edition


Alex Kirillov


Brandywine Workshop and Archives


Philadelphia, PA