Moratorium Cod Drying
The Inn By Mallard Cottage
Wood, metal and glass
As an artist, I work hard to develop sculptures that speak about the cultural and historical changes in Newfoundland. I wanted to represent the rich history of Quidi Vidi’s fishing village by linking it to the present. Moratorium Cod Drying is more than a sculpture. It is a statement on the food fishery that was the heartbeat of our island not so long ago. Drying cod was not only a symbol of wealth, but it also meant that families would be taken care of during the winter months. After the events in July 1992, Newfoundlanders made significant changes to the way of life they had known for five centuries. Looking forward to the future, I hope that Moratorium Cod Drying will continue to be a reminder of the hard work and determination of our people throughout the ages, so that we can come together and celebrate our heritage.
Kevin-Barry Martin is recognized for his unique artistic process and has travelled to create original, innovative fine art. With a love of painting, sculpting, drawing, and textiles, his art includes a variety of mediums, making him a multimedia artist. His inspiration ranges from the smallest found items on the shorelines to the breathtaking sceneries he seeks on his travels. Known for his creative use of textures and colours,
Kevin-Barry Martin enjoys sharing his vision of Newfoundland through his art. During the pandemic, he worked relentlessly to continue expanding his craft through the construction and completion of an art studio, which allows him to create larger and more complex pieces that relate to his native island, Newfoundland. This talented artist seeks to spread artistry on an international scale. Kevin-Barry Martin’s work can be found in homes locally and internationally as he continues to create commissions and collections for all to enjoy.
The Quidi Vidi Art Search is made possible through funding by the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency’s Rediscover Main Streets initiative, which supports the economy by helping Atlantic Canadians re-experience their main streets, downtowns and neighbourhoods. The initiative aims to breathe new life into local economies affected by the global pandemic.