Ruth Ann (Martin)

Cuther Martin

Burlington, NC   

These were the only items of information my mother was able to provide when I began tracing my maternal lineage: the maiden name of my maternal grandmother, the name of my maternal great grandfather, and the known location of their family home-base.

Using my genealogical research findings, I redact the sourced evidence of my maternal ancestor’s individual existences to reveal a thread of lineage. Repurposing photographic and archival documentation as storytelling tools, I illustrate a poetic narrative of bridging a generational gap in one’s own family history. Conceptually, my work acts as a visual representation of reaching out to touch time itself, while raising questions pertaining to the nuances of the Black or African American identity.


generation VI

generation V

generation IV


generation III

generation II

generation I