Image Credits: Martina Botta © Michele Perletti.
Martina Botta is a passionate girl, always under transformation, in love with all arts, with travelling and with her cats. I’m a painter and in the last years I have been working in art therapy field. I’m the third of three siblings, I was born and bred in Milan, city where I studied and I once loved city life. Now I live in the province of Bergamo, closer to nature and with slower rhythms. I’ve been painting since ever and also playing for a long time.
Jazz and its notes entered into my life since I was a child, when I secretly stole my father’s and my brother’s records to listen to them as background music while I was mixing my beloved colours. Chet Baker’s trumpet and Billie Holiday’s voice soon became my idols and an inspiration for my creations and a whole with my way of feeling the music.
In the last years, my artistic research took me to change direction very often as far as my expressive language is concerned, but music has always been a recognizable central theme in my works. By mixing my artistic research and the passion I feel for my work in art therapy, I’m presently preparing a new project called “Album”, a collection of photographic and painted portraits which will involve the Bergamo theatre group “Il Teatro delle Persone”, concerning persons with psychic distress.
Since when I was a teen until know I played the trumpet in some jazz sessions and I exhibited my paintings in several jazz festivals, and during such experiences I had many anecdotes and memories, but I think that one of the more amusing, that I remember with a lot of affection, is the evening when I was walking in the streets of Turin during the Turin Jazz Festival, where I was also exhibiting my paintings. I was eating a kebab and I met Enrico Rava. Enrico wanted a piece of information and I remember I felt extremely clumsy, because I was holding that kebab in my hand and I was also very surprised to find before my eyes one of my favourite trumpeters. Nevertheless, I remember that once I overcame the initial embarrassing moment I was able to talk to him and not only know the famous trumpeter but also a very approachable and friendly person I was able to exchange some very nice talks with.
I would say always try to carry on your expressive language, try not to follow market expectations and trends by safeguarding your uniqueness. I would also say always trust your painting, because it is a safe place where you can put your soul, heart and beauty. And, in the end, provide yourself with a lot of passion and determination.
Over the years, I tried to experiment a lot of expressive techniques but, at the moment, acrylic paint is still my favourite medium for immediacy, absorbing quickness and chromatic saturation. Acrylic paint allows me to paint very fast, by proceeding layer over layer and allowing me to follow, most of the times, the advancing of the music I listen to while I work.
This question looks like the question “Do you have a favourite question?” It’s impossible to choose one, impossible to answer to the point. I could really quote a lot of artists in the history of art and in contemporary art I like, and who were my inspiration. If I really had to choose one, I think it would be one of the works by Mister G., a patient who a couple of years ago I followed in a retirement home during an Art Therapy workshop. The painting was called “Maternity” and I remember I thought that it was one of the most beautiful and moving paintings I’ve ever seen and that I would have liked to learn from it that spontaneity, that intensity of the gesture and of the colours.