Martina delights in creating assemblages and collages, as well as artists’ books from small grimoires to life sized torso books.
Born in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, she moved to Toronto, Canada in early adulthood and later studied Material Art and Design at the Ontario College of Art and Design (now OCADU) in Toronto. For the past 15 years her work has been in solo, group, invitational and juried shows across Canada and in Cheongju, Korea. She has been a recipient of two Exhibition Assistance Grants from Ontario Arts Council and several awards in juried shows and is a member of the Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild (CBBAG) and the Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria (CACGV).
Martina mostly works with mixed media; 2D or 3D, combining nature’s treasures and ephemera collected from different places in combination with her hand dyed or printed paper or cloth and sometimes metal pieces. She may get on a tangent and transform materials designed to be disposable such as used coffee filters and used teabags. She takes moments from life and weaves them into stories which are then conveyed through her assemblages, collages and book works.
It is only through the process of working with the idea and materials that the final form is developed. Much depends on her mind space, the objects and materials selected, and how they merge together. The techniques ultimately used will flow out of all these combined elements.