Sibylla Martin grew up in the United Kingdom, but took off travelling in her 20s and at some point ended up in Kenya. She has lived in various parts of the country for over nine years, moving from the urban hub of Nairobi to the white sands of Lamu Island, before settling in the town of Naivasha, where she is currently based. Martin has painted and made things her entire life, sharpening her craft at both Slade School of Art and the Camberwell School of Art. However, during the eight years that she worked as a tropical nurse in Rwanda and Burundi, Martin did not so much pick up a brush. Finding it impossible to create art and still maintain the impeccably well-manicured hands required of nurses, she gave up painting entirely. But even that lengthy hiatus could not shake the hold art had on her, and Martin has now fully returned to her creative roots. Working with oil and collage on either very large or very small canvases, Martin’s pieces range from portrait-like depictions of animals to completely abstract parries between color and shadow.
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