Often the hair is re-imagined as another object entirely, like Shell, a dynamic swirl of blonde and black which closely resembles its namesake. The objects are vivid against the looming black background, and each strand of hair is visible. Some objects, only partially emerging from the darkness, seem to glow, such as Hemisphere, a globe of colourful synthetic hair compressed into a net.
Martinez’ interest in hair is deeply rooted. Originally trained as a hairdresser, he was always drawn to visual arts, experimenting with various media such as drawing, sculpture and collage. However, it was his interest in photography that proved to be the turning point, and led to his use of hair as a medium for the creation of art. For Martinez it felt like a revelation, “I’d discovered the possibility of bringing hair to life, this material which I had instinctively been working with for years”.