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Maria Masullo
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I work mainly with acrylic paints and palette knives on canvas to create highly textured abstract paintings that bridge my inner world with the outer. I am interested in exploring the endless potential of texture and color, as I feel that these expressive devices allow me to translate raw emotional landscapes into a visual language that transcends any recognizable form or narrative.

The sacredness of Nature and her cycles is a strong thematic thread in my work. My interest in spiritual ecology, philosophy, ritual and esotericism informs the concepts and materials I choose to work with. Often foraged medicinal herbs, essential oils, resins and natural materials are incorporated as carriers of symbolic reference to the process.

Painting is a therapeutic process for me.

Generally, I do not have a plan but even when I do, I do not have expectations of what a painting should look like at the end. I start with meditation so I can center and prepare to be guided.  

When I show up in front of the canvas, I feel equally powerful and vulnerable.

Vulnerability is a very productive state for me. I know how much strength it takes to be vulnerable and each new painting is almost an ordinary act of courage. I never know where each journey will take me and how long it will last. Most of the times it is a joyful and ecstatic experience but some other times, I am taken by surprise to places deep within me that I did not intend to visit. It can be a challenge to stay with the process and to witness whatever is happening, especially as the process can last days or weeks.   

Technically speaking, I mix colours for the scheme undiluted. I then apply the first layers of paint straight on to the primed canvas with knives, through bold vigorous strokes. As texture starts to build up and the experience unfolds, the movements become gradually more gentle and mindful, the marks more precise.

As the polarities meet and merge on my canvas, each piece becomes a dance of creation: from the excitement and boldness of the first knives’ strokes to the delicate intricacy of the last touches before completion.