“Soaking” from the series “Wise Blood”
2011, archival pigment print, 16×20″

Martha Fleming-Ives

Wise Blood examines my relationship with my father, Peter Ives, a Congregational minister living and preaching in Western Massachusetts. Growing up I quickly realized that in many ways the church resembled a stage, and my father was the center of the performance leading his congregation towards a life of God with his black robes, his patterned stoles, and his long sermons. After the service, however, my father would change back into a t-shirt and slacks, and slowly re-enter his role in the family. This project explores both aspects of my father’s identity and reflects upon the many roles we play in our daily lives and the shifting significance of family and religion in contemporary American culture.

Martha Fleming-Ives (Brooklyn, NY) received her MFA from the School of Visual Arts in 2010, where she is currently an Adjunct Professor. Her work has been exhibited nationwide, at venues such as John Michael Kohler Arts Center (Sheboygan, WI), Wall Space Gallery (Seattle, WA), Newspace Center for Photography (Portland, OR), and the SoHo Photography Gallery (NYC). Fleming-Ives’ work has also appeared in Identities Now: Contemporary Portrait Photography published by Peter Hay Halpert Fine Art in 2011.