I wrote something exceptionally raw earlier this year. It was a beautifully strange experience and I sent it to one friend, my lover and my parents. I could not share it with anyone else. It was filled with too much anxiety, ranting and I was too vulnerable to bleed out for the world to see.
But it sparked an incredible change within myself and in my art and I am now ready to open up about it with true peace in my heart. This is who I am and I will not be ashamed.
Life is not always rainbows and butterflies and I am learning to accept and celebrate both the good and the bad.
At least I am trying. Growing.
“My fascination with letting images repeat and repeat – or in film’s case ‘run on’ – manifests my belief that we spend much of our lives seeing without observing.”- Andy WarholOver the last three months I have been working on a secret doodle project with Fuze Tea celebrating summer with the launch of their new flavor. When they approached me with the idea I wanted to stay true to myself and I came up with the idea of hiding twelve secret doodles across the country for unsuspecting strangers to discover. Random acts of kindness go a long way and if I brightened up even one person’s day with these tiny original drawings it would be worth it for me. I drew inspiration from the leading figure in the 1960’s Pop Art movement, Andy Warhol, and modernized his famous Campbell Soup silkscreen experiments. Pop Art explored the relationship between artistic expression, celebrity culture, and advertising and I felt that this exploration would be quite interesting in the modern age of social media.
“Kindled from the French word raconteur, meaning storyteller, Conteu Magazine is a collection of stories that celebrate the makers, honour the thinkers and inspire the adventurers.” – Megan & Chloe
“The preparation of good food is merely another expression of art, one of the joys of civilized living” Dione LucasTashas has treated us with another exceptional addition to their gorgeous cafés in Menlyn Maine, Pretoria, which opened its doors in September. The immensely talented interior Architect Neydine Bak of B&S Studio has once again designed a masterfully unique restaurant to enrich your fine dining experience through all your senses. Head chef and owner Elze Roome shares that her dream was to create a beautiful lifestyle café that would challenge conventional ideas about daytime eating.
“And I’d choose you; in a hundred lifetimes, in a hundred worlds, in any version of reality, I’d find you and I’d choose you.” – Kiersten White, The Chaos of StarsThe lovely Tammy Binedell-Barber approached me earlier this year to commission an original drawing for her as a gift to her husband on their first wedding anniversary, which is traditionally celebrated with paper. I am so honoured to have captured their extraordinary memories as husband and wife through intricate line drawings forming a charming collage that will serve as a constant reminder of their love and adventures together.
“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” — Virginia Woolf
This work of art seeks an elegant simplicity through a complex series of lines exploring the patterns found in organic produce.
Maria Magdalena is a Cape Town based contemporary illustrator celebrating an elegant simplicity through intricate lines of ink. Shop the current collections online or order your custom original illustration today.