Meet photographer and ceramist Connie Martin Trevino
Connie Martin Trevino is a self-taught photographer whose work revolves around a practice of daily attention and a wealth of fleeting and formative experiences. As his work spans both photo collage and ceramic sculpture, Trevino explores the literal and emotional textures of the human being – the things we see, feel, touch, make, remember, hope. , share and fear. You can recognize Trevino’s work from the series Small fires everywhere – she created the parts of the character of Kerry Washington. Last summer, Trevino was the artist in residence at the Blue Roof Studios in Los Angeles, where the powerful pieces produced during his residency are currently on display, both on photographic and clay-based media.
LA WEEKLY: When did you first know you were an artist?
CONNIE MARTIN TREVINO: When I first thought I was an artist, I was in my twenties but thought I was an artist in my forties.
What would you do if you weren’t an artist?
I would like to be in fashion, styling and creating couture, anything that allows for creative outlet or maybe death
Did you go to art school? Why why not?
I didn’t go to art school. I am self-taught.
When was your first show?
My first exhibit was a photography exhibit at Morgan State University during Women’s History Month.
Do you listen to music while you work? If so, what?
I love music, I love to listen to music while working. Sometimes it’s classic soul, classic rock, sometimes it’s monk songs, and being Chicago house music because I always like to take time for a dance break but I also like the silence. and be able to hear my thoughts.
Website and social media handles, please!
I’m a bit lame and need to work on this part. I had a website then the host stopped hosting and I didn’t take the time to finish setting up another. I have several IGs and I am now trying to separate them according to the media: I am on Instagram as @Ultratrevino Where @Conniemartintrevino Where @Connie_Martin_Trevino.
Which artist, living or dead, would you like to show the most?
What is your current or most recent show or project?
Why do you live and work in LA and not elsewhere?
Because of the weather and the environment. California is a beautiful state, there is so much to be inspired by. The ocean, mountains and desert are all close at hand and a short drive away. My main and current focus is on the ocean and what lies below the surface. My figurines are inspired by marine life both flora and fauna but these figurines could also live on land.
What’s your short answer to people who ask you what your job is?
Currently, it is the Africans / Blacks who have chosen to take back their power and give their lives to the sea rather than being slaves.