Childhood investigates the theme of the maternal home, focusing on the walls, silent witnesses of past lives and the artist’s childhood. The house, a place traditionally opposite to travel, becomes a terrain for exploration.

It is the walls that become a landscape, an inhabited visual space. Through a painting that accepts to get out of form and through the partial “removal” of the support, the illusory perfection of childhood memory is broken to reach the essence of things.

Scratching with force, insistence, with every medium available: knives, pins, awls, with the same hands – a gesture that almost becomes a thaumaturgical ritual in the processing of Martina’s supports.

Childhood is a desire to understand – to remove the surface is to discover the memories layered like dust on the walls, a way to know one’s roots and look to the future.