“Can an artist's life be brought together in a book? No. One can choose, however, a route, plan a journey between her works, allowing similarities and differences to emerge. Mariella Bettineschi has created an archipelago that can be approached from various roads and consists of diverse areas.” This is how the text by Francesca Pasini, editor of the monographic publication dedicated to the life and works of Mariella Bettineschi, opens. The book represents a journey through the artist's many works, tracing a link between the various stages of her creation, but also a narrative suspense that takes us from one place to another in this archipelago, providing us with a biographical climate and an emotional dimension. Drawing, embroidery, carving, painting, photography, installations and manipulations of images: from one page to the next, each work indicates a time, a place, a quest that then turns into another and so, page after page, the route appears.