About Maria Dermengiu and metaphorical painting
Everybody wants to earn money, to support the family, to pay the invoices, the rent, to succeed in going on holidays to beautiful places where they can rest, to go to a performance occasionally, to change their minds, to buy clothes, to be able to dress decently, to be good-looking and – why not? – to follow trends.
Trends that are often suggested, not to say imposed, by brands or multinational groups. Everybody struggles to buy a Zara, H&M, Gap, C&A etc. clothing item to avoid the frustration of not having what everybody displays on the street, in bars or at the office. Almost everybody wants to follow the steps of famous trend-setters, but few invest time, money and energy in looking for a personal style, in order to turn clothing and accessories into a way of expressing personal values and important principles to them.
Nowadays people pay too much attention to appearance and social status, and less to the true identity. Luckily, there are still people who treasure feelings, values and memories and principles, who are trying to think outside the box and bring fantasy, emotion and feeling to a daily life often painted in white, black or gray. For several years, a new generation of artists and craftsmen have dedicated their life to the creation of meaningful objects for the Romanian people, in order to give them hope or constantly stimulate the way they are thinking. Thus, new beautiful small and creative brands have appeared, different from the standards imposed by multinational companies; they have coined brand new codes that originate in the Romanian cultural and spiritual tradition, so colourful and filled with rich symbolism.
I invite you to get to know better Maria Dermengiu, creator and founder of the brand Marie Nouvelle that aims at bringing art closer to people and giving freedom to the heart and the passion for painting. She gives life to various objects (scarves, blouses, dresses, covers for phones and tablets, bags) for people whose right hemisphere is at least as active as the left one and who are sensitive to beauty.
“I’m not able to analyse myself in terms of physical traits because I would be subjective and not necessarily positive. But I perceive myself with the eyes of my mind and I see a person very sensitive to harmony in all its forms, to creation, to the infinite, to the realm of fantasy, a place that should never be deleted.”
What is the difference between the items you have created and what already exists out there?
“I have always wanted art to be the closest to the art lover, to be accessible and to convey the right meaning. And how else than wrapping the skin or the body, close to the heart?”
What brings joy in your life?
“My joys are simple. What matters the most is the way I choose to look at the world, through what lenses I perceive it. Everything is simplified in this way. For me, it is enough to see the colours on my palette, to be in the middle of the nature, to feel the warmth and the good thoughts of those around me.”
Any complaints in life?
“I see them as opportunities to develop my psychic muscles, as possibilities to grow. Even when sad experiences occur, we must become aware that everything happens for a reason.”
If you were to draw the portrait of the Romanians as a people, what would you choose to represent in your painting?
“We are extremely creative people, we are creators by nature, in everything we choose to do and express. And this began a long, long time ago, when we chose to create dresses with rich sacred symbols meant to protect and embellish us at the same time.
I had an exhibition at the National Museum of the Romanian Peasant (Muzeul Național al Ţăranului Român), painting precisely these symbols and archetypes that our ancestors chose to sew on their garments as a sign of belonging and faith. I have always chosen to paint metaphorically the human companionship with nature, through the various forms of flowers and circles belonging to the solar system and to nature, where they all find their source.”
What does painting mean to you?
“My paintings represent the aspiration of an artist caught in a ‘closed and safe space’, where I can feel free to express myself.
To my mind, I make art so as to always remember my true self, who I really am, my heart.”
Has it ever happened to run out of inspiration? What do you do then?
“Sometimes I can’t paint, not because I can’t find my inspiration, but because when you are focused on something else, it simply doesn’t work. And it is natural to be so. When painting, you disconnect the brain and create with your heart. We need to activate other functions than those related to reason. The solution is simple – to unwind, not think about my daily routine and establish a connection with my true self, my inner state that usually dictates what to put on the cloth.”
Do you believe in muses?
“We all have a muse, an inspiration, a Gala, a Veronica or – why not? – a divine source that strikes a chord and leads to an emotional response.”
What message do you want to deliver through your creations?
“The most important message I want to deliver is to wear clothes that have a meaning. With these creations, I intend to to provide a feeling, an emotion, a desire to give others an idea of the feelings behind those fabrics.”
Applied Arts and wearable artworks is a very fashionable trend nowadays…
“It’s a strong trend, I’ve noticed that already, because there is so much colour and vibration in art. But few understand the true purpose of these creations worn this way – they pass on what the artist intended to paint on canvas, the emotions experienced during the moment of creating them. Each symbol has a resonance that comes to life. It is very valuable what we give out to the world, how we ‘touch’ others”
What is Marie Nouvelle Studio?
“Marie Nouvelle is a brand incorporating art into the everyday rhythm of everyday life.
The scarves, blouses, dresses, all Marie Nouvelle creations are made of 100% natural silk and are inspired from collections of paintings exhibited at the National Museum of the Romanian Peasant, U Art Gallery and other prestigious places.”
How is this brand different from other Romanian brands in the same style?
“Marie Nouvelle was born out of a strong desire to share. It is an art project, a brand that has more to do with the invisible urge that we all have to give a meaning to life and to enjoy art in our daily lives often overshadowed by anxieties regarding the future.”
What does Marie Nouvelle do very well?
“Marie Nouvelle gets emotionally involved.”
What future development projects are there in store for Marie Nouvelle?
“In the future I want to develop a line of interior design, my passion, and a few other surprises.”
Where can people buy your products (paintings and clothing / accessories)?
Then there are locations chosen to display Marie Nouvelle accessories and creations: Galeria Victoria 46, Cărtureşti Verona, Galateca, Atelier Zenya and Band of Creators. “
A final thought for our readers?
“I am here today thanks to the people that surround me and supported me, that understandd my passions, my values and my calling. I am grateful to all of them because they allowed me TO EXIST…
Wear meaningful clothes.”
Have a lovely week !