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Mary Martin was one of the most influential constructivist artists of her generation in England. In much of her work, she took her inspiration from the idea of things - usually natural elements - dispersing or moving away from a central point. The feeling of a gentle fall, like an autumnal leaf floating to the ground, evident here is typical of her exploration of such natural phenomena. Often, as here, she made use of half-cubes, each with a reflecting hypotenuse, to build what she termed 'super-patterns' of shapes dispersed apparently at random upon the picture plane. Explaining her technique she once wrote: 'As with all works based on the constructing process the result is unforeseen. The process is nuclear ... that is to say that one commences with a single cell, or unit, a logical process of growth is applied and, as with kinetic and optical art, which are branches of construction, the whole, or the effect, is unforeseen until the work is complete'.