A resident of south central Kansas for twenty-five years, Martha Brohammer grew up in Baldwin City, Kansas. She has had a gift for making beautiful things since she was a very young girl. She credits her high school art teacher. Wayne Conyers, and her sister Marji Brohammer, artist and designer, for influencing her decision to become an art educator.
Brohammer enjoys working with all kinds of media to develop her artwork. “I feel my most successful pieces are two-dimensional, but I dream of sculpting,” she said. The work of Georgia O’Keefe and Salvador Dali has inspired her own efforts.
“Creating keeps me sane,” Brohammer said. “If I cannot create, I become grumpy and depressed.” Fortunately, she almost always has a project or idea to explore, so she is rarely moody.
“I am an artist who needs to explore possibilities in a multitude of media and processes. I always strive for a visually pleasing result. The first reaction I want from a viewer is, ‘What is that made of?’ Or ‘How did she do that?’ I like it when someone asks, ‘What does it mean?’ I love working across media so that one technique translates into another media. For example, I am working on a felted piece now that is a backlit sunset. I also work with trash and treat it as a tool or media. This is one step farther than just using found objects.”
Brohammer lives and teaches in Haysville, Kansas. Though single, she is pleased that two youngsters have adopted her and call her “Nana.”
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