"Freedom Wigs," features the inspired sketch books and paintings of Martha Rich. Martha, once confined to the corporate cubicle, shed her pantihose and corporate demeanor to experience true freedom through painting and drawing. “Freedom Wigs” unveils life’s important questions about acceptance, underpants and heart-throb crushes painted within Martha’s personal journals. This premier collection offers a glimpse into the artistic world of Martha Rich and is sure to inspire young artists, scrapbook collectors and aspiring artists.
: 5 1/8" x 6 1/4" : Hard cover, limited edition printed on archival paper.
: Over 72 unique images over 72 pages. Text written by Martha Rich and Jonathan Pepoon
Designed and Published by Mark Murphy/Murphy Design
: ISBN 0-9748032-5-1 distributed by Murphy Design :
: PREMIER Release / limited edition of 3000 :
People who know me now won’t believe this, but I used to be a very shy girl. I felt most comfortable keeping quiet, doing the nice thing, not speaking up. Making sure everyone else was happy. I liked to blend in. I was a well-behaved girl. Good behavior leads to happiness and rewards, right?
After a series of not-so-good events in my life. It dawned on me that all my niceness and doing what was expected of me didn’t amount to a hill of beans. You can do all the right things and still crap can happen to you. So what the heck! You might as well be doing what you dream of and then if crap happens, at least you are living life the way you want to, not defined by someone else. It’s easier to deal with the crap if something good is going on too. So here I am now, “artist gal” which is much better than “cubicle gal.”
The art in this book is me finally speaking up—trying to be myself and not blend in. It was embarrassing at first, showing my work to people who didn’t know me. I figured they could see right through all my insecurities and neuroses, and then think I was weird and not like me. But that didn’t happen. It seems everyone is neurotic and insecure, at least a little bit.
I am still a little embarrassed to share, but a little embarrassment does a person good. It means you are taking a risk and going out on a limb, exposing yourself. My friend Jonathan has shared some of our emails back and forth throughout the years. My art is very much like our email conversations, short, gross, or funny tidbits in response to the weird everyday nonsense of life.