Martin Alexander Spratlen Etem
(b. 1987, Long Beach, CA) is a multidisciplinary artist using drawing, painting, and sculpture to survey modern society's ideologies. Influenced by past experiences and imagination, Etem recontextualizes art history to create a visual language that embodies both a world view and personal narrative by calling attention to themes such as identity, race, gender, value, and beauty.
"We have the right to be undefined, to not choose, and to stay open to everything. This is the beauty of superposition, it is dynamic. My work embodies the multidimensional, it embraces the infinite narratives around race, ethnicity, race relations throughout history, gender, art history and the evolution of those ideas. And it is our right to engage with these themes as we choose."