Kacie Lyn Martinez (USA) is on a journey to understand how individuals and communities heal, dream, and self actualize. She does this as a participatory fiber artist / tejedora, facilitator, and independent designer for organizational systems and high impact programs. She does this as someone who’s mixed race, mixed class, and queer, as someone who comes from a line of healers, weavers, violence survivors, and traveling peoples.
For over a decade and across five countries, Martinez’s participatory practice includes designing installations, programs, and experiences that collaboratively reimagine inclusive, safe, engaged communities. She believes that too often we exist in dehumanizing systems and uphold short-term goals at the expense of long-term, transformative wins. As a weaver and freelance COO / program designer, Kacie Lyn applies the human-centered strategy tools from her tech background alongside weaving and unconventional facilitation media. With these, she co-creates spaces, tools, languages, and processes for collective healing and for dreaming new possibilities. Her participatory portfolio varies widely: letter exchanges, civic innovation challenges, sonic meditations, 50ft walls of woven hopes, the redesign of a startup’s sales pipeline, design summits. A majority of Martinez’s work is in non-traditional art spaces (companies, non-profits, public spaces, gardens, and support groups) and involves a shared authorship with participants for the process and outcome, where her role is often holding space for vulnerability.
In Kacie Lyn Martinez’s personal conceptual practice, she works with process-heavy medía to uncover the layered map of her psyche. A key function of her work is using the traditional weaving warp:weft relationship to engage with the modernist fetish of using rigid enclosures (grids, stages, and categories) to make sense of the world. While bending, breaking, or strictly abiding by grid structures, Kacie Lyn incorporates organic shapes and botanic themes to enable and work through vulnerability, conflict, movement, contradictions, psychic pains — all essential processes for personal and collective cathartic healing. Her body of work, which spans fiber, poetry, painting, printmaking, digital, and drawing, collectively creates a highly personal visual vocabulary and a discursive identity landscape of her underworld.