20 YEARS OF THE GATES FOUNDATION

Whether and When by Holly Ballard Martz 

In January 2020, six Seattle area artists were asked to create artwork for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation 20th anniversary. The artists were asked to interpret four themes that are key to the foundation’s mission. ZINC contemporary artist Holly Ballard Martz chose to highlight the importance of vaccines, education, family planning, and the significance of individual actions.

“As I immersed myself in the planning of this commission the world became consumed by the current global pandemic. It was a particularly emotionally charged time to work on a piece about the devastation that infectious diseases inflict and the preciousness of vaccines. Initially, I felt as though the other themes I chose to address weren’t perhaps as relevant, but the pandemic exposed the vast inequities that exist across society, including those within education and health care. It also reinforced our interconnectedness, how even the smallest action can initiate an exponential reaction.” – Holly Ballard Martz 

PROCESS

HOLLY BALLARD MARTZ AT HOME

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FEATURED WORKS

CORNERSTONE

41 X 42″
student chalkboards, gold leaf, vinyl, paint

WHETHER AND WHEN (THE POWER TO EMPOWER)

24 X 22″
laboratory glass (separately funnel, evaporator flasks, stop cock), pvc tubing, steel, paint

FOR EVERY ACTION THERE IS A REACTION

24 X 24″
encaustic, mirror, metal tacks on panel

FIRST AID (PREVENTION IS THE BEST MEDICINE)

30 X 30 X 3″
encaustic, glass syringe, silver leaf, and blister pill packs on panel