Walter Martin & Paloma Muñoz create fascinating miniature snow globes and scenes, inspiring our Migration cover and even inspiring Jonathan Lethem, who created a story based on their snow globes. Martin & Muñoz would like to share “Traveler CCCIV” especially for Hooch readers. Calling all storytellers!
“Traveler CCCIV,” 2014©Walter Martin & Paloma Muñoz. Courtesy of the artists and PPOW Gallery, New York.
WALTER MARTIN & PALOMA MUÑOZ form a collaborative multimedia art team and have been professional and personal partners since 1993. Martin was born in Norfolk, Virginia, in 1953. He completed a BA in Fine Arts at Old Dominion University in Virginia and his MFA at Virginia Commonwealth University. Muñoz was born in Madrid, Spain, in 1965. She completed studies of Computer Art at the Universidad Politécnica of Madrid. Their work is in several museum collections, including Museo Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid, La Caixa in Barcelona, the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art in Overland Park, Kansas, and the KIASMA Museum of Contemporary Art in Helsinki. In 2001 they completed A Gathering, a permanent installation for the MTA Arts for Transit at the Canal Street Station. In 2003 their sculptural work was included in MetroSpective at City Hall Park in New York, sponsored by the Public Art Fund. Their Travelers light boxes were on display in Grand Central Terminal and were also installed at several Metro Rail Stations in Los Angeles. However, they are best known for their sculptures and photographs of snow globes and larger underwater sets contrasting pristine settings with foreboding or grisly scenes. Their most recent works are the Travelers and Islands series.