Mary Martins is a London based documentary animator, experimental filmmaker and abstract expressionist. Her ideas are often of a philosophical nature as it enables her to work with a great degree of autonomy. Currently, she is producing a series of philosophical essay films 'a treatise' as an exploration of transcultural art in its various manifestations in order to make sense of how we inhabit the world beyond sense-perception and appearance.

She experiments with various indexical mediums in order to push the parameters of documentary animation practice and search for new ways to depict our reality. These abstract methods combine non-representational images with narrative, and in the wider scope, unravel interesting ways to relate these to current non-salient social issues, political issues and our human rights. The world as we know it is often ambiguous, animation assists with illustrating these ambiguous spaces as well as recreating the spatial and structural elements that we see in the natural world. Her research places great emphasis on the key strengths of the documentary animation practice. Pervasive in the sense that it is not concerned with defining genres, but through its ability to be placed into historical, contemporary philosophical and theoretical contexts, discovering new ways to contextualise and conceptualise these genres.

In an attempt to push boundaries within her work, she juxtaposes various traditional film making techniques retaining the rich elements of our past.


University of East London
BA Animation & Moving Image

University of the Arts London, LCC
Animation (Foundation Diploma)

University of Birmingham
BA Philosophy


Current - Earliest Childhood Memory [view the work in progress here]

January 2018 - Artist in Residence at The Motherhouse Studios, London *** November 2017 - Left Overs Exhibition 198 Gallery, London *** October 2017 - Heritage Exhibition at St. Peter's Catholic Church Woolwich with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund*** October 2017 - Ogilvy Roots Exhibition at Sea Containers, London *** October 2017 - FiLiA Conference for women's rights at UCL's Institute of Education, London *** September 2017 - 'Wish You Were Here' Thamesmead Festival. Animation for the heritage and regeneration of Thamesmead, London *** October 2016 - Factual Animation Film Fuss at Genesis Cinema, London *** October 2016 - Exploding Cinema's Disposable Show at The Cinema Museum, London *** February 2014 - Animation Photographer for 'Through the Hawthorn' with support from The Wellcome Trust*** December 2012 - Animation Workshop Leader for Crisis, London *** July 2011 - Animator 'Creation' Estonian Cultural Endowment, Estonia *** January 2011 - Animation Modelmaking for 'Slow Derek' at the Royal College of Art, London