Katia Martel’s work revolves around identity issues as defined by the body, memories and places where we live. In a more intimate perspective, with the Women series, she addresses the gender identity theme. Her pieces, created from petticoats, girdles and
other underwear, evoke magnified or deformed body parts she revisits to present an interpretation beyond the gender-specific stereotypes.
Graduated from the École de joaillerie de Québec in 2004, Katia presents her first solo exhibition, Culte hybride (2010) in the Amos, Val d’Or and Val-David Exhibition Centers in Province of Quebec. Her work is presented in multiple group exhibitions: Espaces
habités/Inhabited spaces, Galerie Amaranto, Barcelona (2017), Parcours bijoux at the Institut National des Métiers d’art, Paris (2017). Le Labo at the Galerie Noel Guyomarc’h, Montreal (2012), More Than Gold, Studio Huddle, Toronto (2014), Attachments, Brooches exhibition at the Circle Craft Gallery, Vancouver (2015). In parallel to the exhibitions, she develops different innovative concepts such as the jewel ready made with the online project #BijouxSpontanés (2013-18) or the interdisciplinary approach with the jewel and video installation, Presence absence (2014).