Marte Newcombe has taught and lectured internationally in a range of arts techniques since the 1980s, her focus being sculpture, printmaking and digital graphics. After completing a B.Arts Dip Ed at the University of Tasmania and postgraduate language studies at ANU, Canberra, Marte taught French and German for ten years in Australia and Papua New Guinea. In 1985 she gained a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Corcoran College of Art & Design, Washington, where she consequently lectured.
Since 1985 she has had more than a dozen individual exhibitions in the USA and Melbourne. Marte has also participated in well over 90 group exhibitions during almost every year since 1985 throughout the USA and Russia. From 1999 she was teaching Digital Art at Georgetown University in Washington D.C. and began to work in the Scientific Visualization Studio at NASA Goddard in 1998.
Marte states the following about her work:
“The source of my work comes from old machines and tools. I make sculptures from these parts and then transpose them into various media, including printmaking, drawing and digital art. I am interested in the relationship between organic forms and the machines we create to fill our needs. It is as if we are making extensions of ourselves when we invent machines. Reconstructing these elements, I invent new forms which try to mirror what we have put of ourselves into our tools and machines.
“My work as a printmaker continues the sculptural technique of assemblage. I photograph my sculptures and then digitally alter them before creating computer-generated colour separations and subsequently hand-printing the images as etchings, lithographs and silkscreens.
“Over the past ten years I have added the digital medium to my tools and find many parallels between what I do as a sculptor and printmaker and what I do as a digital artist. In discovering the computer as a tool, I have at my disposal a workshop with unlimited potential. I am able to deconstruct what I have built and reinvent the sculptures in many different ways. I am able to integrate numerous individual sculptures and re-use their parts, which exist in multiples only electronically.”
More of Marte’s work can be seen on the website: burntchicken.com/marte.