Born 1949 in Louisville, Kentucky
A four-time recipient of a Nebraska Arts Council Individual Artists Fellowship, Martha Horvay studied Industrial Design at the University of Michigan (B.S., 1971), before pursuing training in printmaking at the University of Louisville (M.A., 1974) and the Tyler School of Art at Temple University in Philadelphia (M.F.A., 1980). Between 1983 and 1998, she was faculty of the Department of Textiles, Clothing and Design at the University of Nebraska Lincoln. "Pandora's Box" begun during her residency (October 2-6, 2000) depicts a chest covered with a muted red and white pattern often seen in her paintings and it was drawn using axonometric perspective. Of her attraction to this method, she once explained, "lines stay parallel indefinitely to each, to one-another. No matter how far back they go they're still parallel, and what that does is it gives it a kind of awkward quality that's not true to life. It can look very wacky and distorted, but I really choose it for these distortions and it has a kind of childlike quality at the same time."

Pandora's Box
2000; color intaglio on Arches Cover; image: 17 1/2 x 19 3/4 (44.45 x 50.165), sheet: 22 1/2 x 25 (56.184 x 62.865); edition of 30