Mushrooms can be poisonous or healing or mind-altering. Drawing inspiration from her childhood when her mother often took her mushroom foraging, Martina’s collection takes us on a journey inspired by the fungus domain. Through portals made out of jewellery, she invites us into an alternative reality in which we encounter pieces that allude to different stages of life from childhood to death. Playful, imaginative and colourful, they combine traditional techniques, such as engraving and lapidary, with the ingenuity of mushroom mycelium. Her pieces occupy a liminal space between myth and reality, between beauty and danger.
Interpretative text by Pauline Herrmann