solo show: martin & munoz

I have an infatuation for snow globes. It is probably a growing-up-in-Southern California-and-snow-globes-being-my-visual-gateway-to-all-things-magical-and-snowy kind of thing. And now I sit in my Halifax home, curled under blankets with Snowstorm Juno dumping a wondrous mix of snow, hail, and rain. Not so much magic.

Snow globes though have the ability to retain that gorgeous, breathtaking atmosphere without the reality of shoveling and icy pellets in the face. Magic. And so it is that I am drawn to the work of Walter Martin and Paloma Munoz.

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The snow globes of Martin and Munoz however, are not cheery holiday or vacation themed environments. Instead, the miniature snowy worlds of Martin and Munoz are foreboding and dark; Instead of dreamy, Martin and Munoz’s snow globes are like surreal nightmares or twisted jokes. These worlds could be compared to the mysterious wierdness of Hitchcock or Lynch films.

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Martin and Munoz have partnered together since the late nineties. They have worked creating installations and other art pieces but found continued success with their snow globes and coloured prints of those and other miniature worlds. Walter Martin serves as the modeler while Paloma Munoz lights and photographs the environments.

Walter Martin and Paloma Munoz share their time between Spain and The United States.

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{photograph taken by Deborah Feingold; source}

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