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Miriam Cutelis
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About my artwork….     

        My art explores the relationship between self and nature. Nature has always been a source of endless fascination for me. When I was a young child, my family moved from NYC to Paraguay, South America and we spent 5 years surrounded by rich nature, an out-house and a mango tree in the backyard. Those were truly magical years. Exploring nature’s many manifestations, its seasons, its colors and smells imprinted itself in my dna. Although our time there was short-lived, its effects were life-changing. When in my adolescence I struggled with trauma, which resulted in negative body issues, I was able to find immense healing and peace in attempting to recreate my past experiences with nature, through art. I later went on to explore nature’s healing qualities as an endurance trail hiker/runner. I set a goal to cover a marathon distance of 26.2 miles in all 50 states. Currently, I am on state #14, Florida coming up this spring. The more I dove into this relationship with nature the more I experience its positive and healing effects on my body, my mind and my spirit. 

     What you see here are the works of two series. “Trashy Landscapes"juxtaposes items you might find in a landfill with the idea of dreamy landscapes. These were inspired by a gorgeous nature preserve, Norman Levy Park & Preserve in Merrick, NY which was built over a landfill. The idea that one can turn something as unsightly as a landfill into a gorgeous preserve filled me with hope and joy. In this series I utilize everyday, single-use items and assorted recycled materials to recreate landscapes. The work asks many questions. “In a world of single-use items, how is the idea of worthiness redefined?”, “ Can something be truly of value if its purpose only lasts a few seconds?”. “What more can we learn about this relationship between time and worthiness.”, “How do we come to deem something worthy over others?” and more importantly, “Can we begin a shift in how we value what we consider garbage in order to best help our planet?”

        Another overriding series you see here investigates the timeless and universal wisdom found in all natural phenomena. All my work attempts to create a visual, universal language which hopes to be viscerally understood by all humans, without the need for interpretation, and which, with one look, communicates the wisdom held within Mother Nature.

 

Links to videos and reels of the hands-on part of the art-making 

** https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F47D5ts2P9I&list=PLxR8j9S-QlKvj7CHYO393Lpc2wCkcvMMn&index=13

 

** https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kodi1fWEQ9M&list=PLxR8j9S-QlKvj7CHYO393Lpc2wCkcvMMn&index=12

 

** https://www.instagram.com/p/CzjY16JrNLu/

 

** https://www.instagram.com/p/CnfnrqFIrqR/

 

** https://www.instagram.com/p/CnfPzDLoKiq/

 

** https://www.instagram.com/p/ClxODvzrFLn/

 

** https://www.instagram.com/p/ChldyB0liuA/

 

** https://www.instagram.com/p/CY0bkj6IMzq/

 

** https://www.instagram.com/p/CYcK_zvIqRW/

 

** https://www.instagram.com/p/CYb43SlInZD/

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