Beauty awakens the soul to act
Maggie Simonelli : ARTIST in the Studio filmed and photographed by Nousha Salimi
Maggie Simonelli invokes passion, beauty, and nature in her paintings. Simonelli says "I am a Seeker of Beauty and Spirituality in Nature. Painting is a meditation on Nature, a reflection of the Garden of our inner world and the surrounding beauty of Earth, the Garden of Eden."
Simonelli refers to her paintings as "Lipstick Paintings" creating the handmade paints with cosmetic grade beeswax in encaustic technique, including elements like lipstick and eyeshadow as well as historical pigments. It is this pursuit of playfulness and joy along with sensuality of the materials that is Simonelli's passion. "I love including elements like real seawater, bee pollen, essential oils like lotus and sandalwood, and creating colors made out of precious materials like lapis lazuli, cinnabar and malachite."
A "slow-tech" process combining hand-drawn + carved metal leaf (including 24 kt. gold leaf , oxidizing copper leaf + aluminum leaf) within the many layers of wax, the paintings are constructed interlacing details by carving into the surface of the wax using carving tools.
"I am an Archeologist discovering and uncovering the many layers carving back to reveal a layer below, an inner world." Her painting process is a devotional contemplation, a communication of beauty of the human spirit through the hand. "I see color and pattern as symbolic elements and painting as nature, as a living communication transcending time."