Wence and Sandra Martinez’s story is one filled with creativity, serendipity and love. Born in Teotitlán del Valle, Mexico, a village famous for its woven rugs and tapestries, Wence learned the family textile business as a young boy. In 1988, Wisconsin artist Sandra Hackbarth commissioned Wence to transform one of her signature glyphic drawings into a tapestry. The project spurred a remarkable 30-year collaboration and marriage that beautifully combines traditional textiles with modern design.
Woven Together, on view Aug. 6 – Nov. 6 at the Museum of Wisconsin Art (MOWA), showcases the artistic duo’s separate talents in a synergistic exhibition featuring stunning flat-woven rugs with many of the symbolist drawings that inspired them.
“While they have acquired an international reputation, Wence and Sandra Martinez continue to proudly represent Door County’s thriving arts community,” says MOWA CEO, Executive Director Laurie Winters. “MOWA is thrilled to showcase a collection of beautifully colored, large-scale works created in their Jacksonport, Wisconsin studio.”
Woven Together features several new weavings created during and inspired by a winter retreat to the Southwest.
Sandra and Wence will discuss their partnership, process and the expansion of their generational weaving legacy through their daughter and son-in-law, MaLena and Jacobo, during an artist talk on Oct. 20, 6:30 pm, at the museum.
The MOWA is located at 205 Veterans Avenue, West Bend. For more information, call 262.334.9638 or wisconsinart.org.