Tuesday, August 21, 2012
The Paintings of "Martin Lewis"
In addition to her work with Mecca Normal, and her writing (her first book of fiction, I Can Hear Me Fine, was published by Get to the Point in 1993), Jean Smith paints. (She grew up with painters and attended art school.)
Jean's latest book, still in manuscript form, is called Obliterating History: a Guitar-Making Mystery, Domination and Submission in a Small Town Garage and features a character named "Martin Lewis", who is, among other things, a painter. In an effort to expand her novel, Jean has created a series of abstracted landscapes by "Lewis" on a scale similar to those manuscript pages.
In the video below we see Jean at work on those paintings.