Born in Milan and raised in Pavia, Italy, multidisciplinary artist Giuse Maggi draws inspiration from the susceptibility of organic and inorganic materials and their potential to manipulate, shape, form and introduce her to new techniques for creation.
Working with glass for over three decades, it was only in 2013 that she became aware of the impressionability of sustainable art and the limitless possibilities that found materials, discarded matter and plastic waste, offered. Since then, she has tirelessly experimented with combining plastic, metal and fibre with her beloved medium, glass, whereby she weaves, ties, melts and binds these contradictory materials together.
The process is one of intense labour, often physically and mentally demanding, yet, Giuse also considers it spiritual; a series of rituals that connect her soul to her pieces. She patiently builds and forms objects that are created through an accumulation of countless small actions. Her resulting paintings, rugs, baskets and sculptures, inherent of opposing properties, epitomise how balance derives from duality and represent how beauty arises once we see the value in the discarded and the neglected.
Giuse Maggi graduated from Pavia (Italy) in 1983 with a MA in Geology. Following this, she studied ceramic and glass making in both Italy and the USA. She has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Kingdom of Bahrain, Jordan, Dubai and Italy. After spending more than 30 years in the Middle East, she currently lives in Italy where she works as a full-time artist in her studio in Pavia.
More at her website: Giuse Maggi Art
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