Margherita Martinelli lives and works in Milan. Graduated with summa cum laude (first class honours) at Brera Academy of Fine Arts, Milan, she continued her education in Tokyo, learning and experimenting the antique techniques of Japanese painting. Following this relevant experience, she decided to work as an artist. Her work is shown in galleries, exhibitions and fairs in Italy and abroad.
A short description of your work and themes.
All my works tell a story about a physical or mental journey. Each of them refers to someone relaxing their mind and body and then falling into a dreamless sleep, from which thought is generated. The fundamental themes of my paintings are represented by symbols: flamingos, dragonflies, ships, dress, mermaids… everything is connected to the idea of travel, of migration. My work tells about memories, about present and future, all of them living together in a single temporal dimension. The dress has been worn over and over again referring to life from the past that carries its own memory. It’s alive and full of life, constantly being put on and off. The dress is a chromatic biography.
What inspires you?
The handwriting is the starting point and an essential element of my art. I scribble notes of a trip, of word games and numbers that represent symbols and memories. Thoughts are jotted down, some cancelled, and small pieces of paper are sewn onto the canvas, recalling traces of oriental thoughts. This all develops into a very personal and dialogue with myself.