Jen Martin is an artist based in Glasgow. Jen works in film, writing and sound. She collaborates in film with artists, dancers, musicians, writers and performers. She studied the M(Litt) Art Writing, at GSA.
Jen’s practice weaves together elements of portrait and poetry. Workshops, walks and conversations are dialectic starting points for projects, and she works with the material in these connections of being together. Using the lens to map and trace these intimacies, the work and labor of relationships feeds into practice.
Writing with methodologies that complicate meaning, apophenia and deductive processes, Jen weaves the personal through the prisms of soft-power relations and willfulness. Her writing embraces hybrid, lyrical and poetic forms. It attempts to critique different registers; the narrator, the sage, the editor, the savant.
The Divine Isle, Alchemy Film & Arts, 30th April 2022
Commissioned by LUX Scotland for the One Artist One Work programme, writing in response to Sarah Forrest’s video work, The Unit (2021).
Writing featured in displacement: Buffer Fringe Festival, Nicosia, 2021
Published the text Al-anon in HIIT Journal, Switzerland, 2021.
Facilitator and post-production support for LUX Scotland and Platform’s young artist projects, 2019-21
Exhibited video work at the Centre for Contemporary Art Glasgow in 2019, for the Some things want to run programme.
Is a GRAMnet and BEMIS filmmaker in 2015 for “Detention Without Walls” and in 2016 for “Fragments of Gaza”
Exhibited in Scotland with work included in Glasgow International 2016 as part of Pokey Hat,
Was the selected Scottish artist for Emerging European Artists by ELIA art schools, exhibiting in NEU/NOW 2014.
Led presentations and exhibited during the annual Made of Walking gathering and residency, Cyprus 2018 and Prespes, Greece in 2019.
Trained in Factual Editing and Scriptwriting at the National Film and Television School, 2018 and 2020
A committe member of Embassy Gallery, Edinburgh 2018 -2020