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Martha Ash, Polish Migrant & Artist, circa 1950s

Martha Ash was born in Poland in 1920. From an early age she was encouraged in her artistic endeavours by her mother, a non-practising artist. During World War II, Martha was interned in a labour camp and her entire family became victims of the Holocaust. After the War she studied philosophy at the University of Lwow in Poland and worked as an interpreter. She lived in Prague, Paris and Brussels before moving to Australia.

In Australia she undertook a variety of training to enhance her artistic practice including tuition from David Boyd, an art course at RMIT, sculpture at the Caulfield Institute of Technology, enamelling and silver smithing at Collingwood Technical College and the University of Melbourne. She also studied glass mosaics on a trip to Venice. Martha worked with a variety of different media throughout her career, including ceramics, mosaics, jewellery and enamelling. There was a thematic continuity to her artworks with her Jewish heritage and culture and her own personal experiences providing much of the inspiration for her work.

Martha's work is represented in collections in five countries and she held several exhibitions during her lifetime.

References
Deborah Tout-Smith & Anna Malgorzewicz (1992). Contemporary Craft and Cultural Identity Project. MoV and Monash Uni History Dept

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