MEDITATIONS on NATURE

Maggie Simonelli River, Flow 2019
Encaustic, CHANEL Quiet Revolution eyeshadow, Japanese glass pigments, Japanese coral, aluminum leaf, pigments and water: Hudson River on wood panels. Total composition: 24” x 78” x 1 1/2”

(#3, 4 x 4" , #9, #12 #16 each 6“ x 6”, #14 9” x 9” sold)

Five minutes with : Artist , Maggie Simonelli for Intelligentsia Journal Interview by Christina Spearman

art opening : friday, august 2nd & saturday, august 3rd 7-9 pm
gary marotta fine art 162 commercial street provincetown ma

WIND & GRASSES

Paintings of grasses swaying in the wind, a meditation on nature and the nature of love

Wind and Grasses Diptych by Maggie Simonelli
Encaustic, Japanese coral, Arabian malachite, 16 kt pale gold leaf, bee pollen, oxidized copper and aluminum leaf, CHANEL 204 Tisse Vendome eyeshadows and pigments on wood 20” x 30”, two panels 20 x 10" each

Wind and Grasses TRIPTYCH by Maggie Simonelli
Encaustic, oxidized copper leaf, 16 kt pale gold leaf, Japanese coral, Arabian malachite, bee pollen,
cosmetics: CHANEL 204 TISSE VENDOME eyeshadows and pigments on birch 3 @ 20” x 20

ON VIEW at Gary Marotta Fine Art

Maggie Simonelli from Gary Marotta Fine Art Press release

“I was inspired by the strength in flexibility, bending with the flow, surrendering to the moment yet not breaking. The idea of the beauty and strength that comes from flexibility in our hearts and minds. In love we are like the blades of grass in the wind, with strength and flexibility we surrender to love and bend, yet we do not break. In considering this idea with the grasses I incorporated cosmetics the reference to feminine beauty and strength in vulnerability shown in a single blade of grass, her ability to be flexible, to surrender and retain her individual character.”

In this triptych Wind + Grasses  handmade encaustic colors are created with cosmetic grade beeswax mixing natural elements of Japanese coral, Arabian malachite (stone), bee pollen, and cosmetics including CHANEL Tisse Vendome eyeshadows. Intermixed in the layers of wax are metal leaf of 22 kt gold, oxidizing copper and 16 kt pale gold and carved out pearl yellow and sage green colored grasses. 
”Life is change, this I learned from the I CHING Book of Changes and by using natural process of the oxidation of the copper leaf from copper to dark green with time in the artwork I give homage to this eternal change. It is nature’s way, the way of life to change.”

Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them - that only creates sorrow. 
Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like
. - Lao Tzu

Coral & Sage, Wind and Grasses by Maggie Simonelli
Encaustic, Japanese coral, Arabian malachite,16 kt pale gold leaf, bee pollen, eyeshadow and pigments on wood
20” x 20”

Flowering, Coral & Sage Wind & Grasses series by Maggie Simonelli
Encaustic, Japanese coral, Arabian malachite, Japanese iwamomo (pink) glass pigment, 16 kt pale gold leaf, bee pollen,
eyeshadow and pigments on wood 20” x 20”

Blades, Wind and Grasses by Maggie Simonelli
Encaustic, Japanese coral, Japanese iwamomo (pink) glass pigment, Arabian malachite, 22 kt gold leaf, 16 kt pale gold leaf, bee pollen, oxidized copper leaf, eye shadow and pigments on wood 20” x 20

meditations #1 - #6, Wind and Grasses by Maggie Simonelli
Encaustic, Japanese coral, Arabian malachite, Japanese Iwamomo (pink) glass pigment, 22 kt. gold leaf, 16 kt pale gold leaf, bee pollen, oxidizing copper leaf, eyeshadow and pigments on wood 
 each 8” x 8” (#1, #3, #4 sold, bottom row, most right & most left and #4 top row most right )

meditations #6, kiss, Wind and Grasses by Maggie Simonelli
Encaustic, Japanese coral, eyeshadow and pigments on wood 8” x 8”

Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them - that only creates sorrow.  
Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.
   ~ Lao Tzu

Wind + Grasses Triptych by Maggie Simonelli *
Encaustic, oxidizing copper leaf, 16 kt pale gold leaf, Japanese coral, Arabian malachite, bee pollen, cosmetics: CHANEL 204 Tisse Vendome eyeshadows and pigments on wood 20” x 30”

* Exhibited at Not Supported at Sara Nightingale Gallery. Previously exhibited in Themes of Love encaustic paintings by Maggie Simonelli at Gary Marotta Fine Art, Provincetown, MA

BEFORE & AFTER  OXIDATION of the COPPER LEAF

When the wind blows, the grass bends.  ~ Confucius, The Analects

Wind + Grasses by Maggie Simonelli * (sold)
Encaustic, Japanese coral, Arabian malachite, Japanese ikamomo glass pigment, 16 kt pale gold leaf, bee pollen, oxidizing copper and aluminum leaf, CHANEL 204 TISSE VENDOME eyeshadows and pigments on birch panel, 16 x 16” (sold)

* Exhibited Themes of Love encaustic paintings by Maggie Simonelli at Gary Marotta Fine Art, 2017 Provincetown, MA

meditations #5, Wind and Grasses by Maggie Simonelli
Encaustic, Japanese coral, Arabian malachite, Japanese Iwamomo (pink) glass pigment, 22 kt. gold leaf, 16 kt pale gold leaf, bee pollen, oxidizing copper leaf, eyeshadow and pigments on wood 8” x 8” * **

* Exhibited Wind & Grasses encaustic paintings by Maggie Simonelli at Gary Marotta Fine Art, 2017 Provincetown, MA
** Exhibited Summer artrtists encaustic paintings by Maggie Simonelli at Gary Marotta Fine Art, 2019 Provincetown, MA

 

MEDITATIONS on NATURE

SEA of LOVE
 

 'In the sea of love, I melt like salt, Faith, Doubt - they both dissolve.
A star is opening in my heart, The worlds turn in it.’  ~ Rumi

Sea of Love from The Birth of Venus series by Maggie Simonelli (sold) *
Encaustic, 16 kt pale gold leaf, pigments: Smalt glass and manganese blue, Japanese coral and Iwamomo pink glass, Chinese cinnabar, cosmetics: CHANEL 96 Utopia & CHANEL 847 Envol eye shadow, acrylic under painting, and sea water on birch panel36” x 36” x 1 3/4”

* Exhibited in "Soft Spoken" at Sara Nightingale Gallery, Sag Harbor, New York

 

MEDITATIONS on the River

“…the river is everywhere at the same time,”   ― Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha

Meditations on the Hudson, Flowing River by Maggie Simonelli (private commission)
Encaustic, pigments, Chinese cinnabar, Japanese coral, aluminum leaf, CHANEL 122 Ocean Light eye shadow, Hudson River water and acrylic on floating birch panel 18” h x 90" x 1 7/8”

DETAILS :  Meditations on the Hudson, Flowing River  by Maggie Simonelli

Have you also learned that secret from the river; that there is no such thing as time?" That the river is everywhere at the same time, at the source and at the mouth, at the waterfall, at the ferry, at the current, in the ocean and in the mountains, everywhere and that the present only exists for it, not the shadow of the past nor the shadow of the future.”    ― Hermann Hesse, Siddhartha

WIND + GRASSES

Wind + Grasses by Maggie Simonelli * **
Encaustic (cosmetic grade beeswax), Japanese Coral, Agate (ground stone), 22 kt & 16 kt pale gold leaf, oxidizing copper & bronzed leaf, pigments, purpurite, gouache and cosmetics: CHANEL In Love blush + eye shadow on floating birch panel 24" x 24"

* Exhibited Wind & Grasses , and Themes of Love encaustic paintings by Maggie Simonelli at Gary Marotta Fine Art, Provincetown, MA and Entitled at Sara Nightingale Gallery, in The Hamptons, NY

** Artwork featured in “Entitled at Sara Nightingale Gallery” by Jennifer Landes, The East Hampton Star, April 7, 2015.

Please note: Copper and bronzed leaf has oxidized to green over time.

In love we are like the blades of grass swaying in the wind, with strength in flexibility we surrender and bend, yet we do not break.

Inspired by : “When the wind blows, the grass bends.Confucius, The Analects
and Eulailas (Autumn Grass) by Suzuki Kiitsu 鈴木基一 (1796-1858) Ink and silver on paper 2 panel screen, Edo period, 19th century

Maggie Simonelli Fire in the River, Meditations on the Hudson (sold) *
Encaustic, water: Hudson River, eyeshadow: Sephora Color N° 13 Curacao Punch, Japanese coral, Chinese cinnabar, aluminum leaf, pigments and acrylic on floating birch panels TOTAL : 3 Panels : 18" h x 56 1/4” w

* Exhibited in "Friends with Boats" Sara Nightingale Gallery