Etching and Aquatint
25 × 20 cm
Sonia Martin contemplated a Chinese jewellery box that had once belonged to her grandmother. She presented it to her mother, who subsequently passed it down to them. The jewellery box retained a profound connection, prompting thoughts of her ancestors and her life stories whenever Sonia gazed upon it. Both the figures and the setting within the box were products of her imagination. The intricate etching adorning a copper plate had been meticulously crafted through traditional techniques. This elaborate design was then hand-printed within Martin's studio in London. Within her artistic endeavours, Martin's subjects seamlessly intertwined the present moment with the realm of imagination. Her work often grappled with themes of memory, mortality, and the pursuit of liberation from various forms of oppression.