I am a painter who takes colours from used paper materials, for whom brush strokes are pieces of torn posters, magazines, newspapers and phone books collected from all over the World while living there. I overpaint certain parts of the paper to receive more texture and deepness. Lately my work has been dominated by the usage of posters collected from illegal billposting places in Switzerland. I am attracted by the fragility perceived in this material which has suffered the passing of time.
My portrait work aims to personalize the people I paint through the newspaper cutting I use. The process allows the piece to work on different levels, depending on the viewer's distance from the work. The paintings have immediate visual impact or "first impression". However, much like the people they represent - the closer you look, the more you see.
I am irremediably in love with texture and getting out the most of every material. Usually I begin working without a final vision in mind; I use collected materials and allow pattern, texture, color and structure to emerge organically.
And the real treat of Martina's pieces is, that each time you revist the piece, you will likely find something you had never noticed before. By combining elements of advertising ephemera, fabric, wallcovering and abstractions, Martina's work manages to feel at once ancient and modern.
These paintings are ready to hang and are signed in the front. The edges are a carryover of the painting. All sealed with a satin varnish.
I do these portraits on a commission basis. Each project begins with determining the size the piece will be. Then there is an informational interview with the subject, ending with a quick photo session. I can also work from an existing photo.
I hope that you enjoy my artwork as much as I have enjoyed creating it.
Keywords: portrait, portraiture, collage, kids face, pop art mixed media, swiss pop art, magazine mixed media, newspaper mixed media, swiss artist
magazine cut out, glue and mat finish to protect