Vale Mandy Martin: an artist with an active conscience

Painter and environmentalist Mandy Martin leaves a great legacy and platform for commentary through her art.
Portrait of Mandy Martin by Anne Zahalka.

Mandy Martin was brave on many counts. She faced a long battle with cancer with dignity, and a long career with a passion for the issues that count.

The Adelaide-born artist (1952) passed away last weekend. In a statement (12 July), Martin’s son Alexander Boynes (Artist and Curator Canberra Contemporary Art Space) described her life as ‘extremely well lived’.

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Gina Fairley is ArtsHub's National Visual Arts Editor. For a decade she worked as a freelance writer and curator across Southeast Asia and was previously the Regional Contributing Editor for Hong Kong based magazines Asian Art News and World Sculpture News. Prior to writing she worked as an arts manager in America and Australia for 14 years, including the regional gallery, biennale and commercial sectors. She is based in Mittagong, regional NSW. Twitter: @ginafairley Instagram: fairleygina