Creative Spirit Corinna Maggy is Mom, Wife, and Artist at Heart. She has been creating for as long as she can remember. In 2001 she graduated with a BFA with an emphasis in Jewelry and Metalsmithing. Since then Corinna has had her work in various galleries and shops around the world.
Carrie: Welcome to Artist Strong Corinna! When did you first realize the arts were an important part of your life?
The arts have been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. Some of my best memories were of myself and my father when I was a child. We would lay out a huge life sized drawing pad on the floor and spend hours creating magical lands. One of my favorite childhood memories.
Carrie: How did you discover your passion for mandalas?
Art to me is very healing. Mandalas are just another tool to use in healing and meditation so it came to me pretty naturally. My family and I were going through some tough times and I decided to combine my intuitive painting techniques with mandalas as a way to bring some healing energy into our space. That’s how my latest creations were born.
Carrie: Can you walk us through your process? How do you move from an idea to a finished mandala?
Well, I don’t really start with an idea in mind per say as I feel I act as a channel for healing energy whether it be for myself or a client. Everything is intuitive: I just go with what feels right in the moment; I often begin with meditation & journaling. I then light some sage and say a little prayer to myself to clear my energies and to bless the blank canvas. Then I start building upon colors, layers & textures. All the while I am holding an intention of the healing qualities that the piece will embody.
Carrie: You also create jewelry, please tell us about that!
Yes! When I went to art school, my emphasis was in jewelry & metalsmithing. I got out of it for a while, but eventually found myself back into making jewelry, however the prices of fine metals had skyrocketed and with a young family at the time I decided to go with a more affordable option. I now work with and design using elements sourced world wide. It took off for me and became a successful business and full time job.
Carrie: How does your jewelry making inform your painting, and vice versa?
It is all creating and it is all of me and part of who I am. I enjoy them both so it’s not really about one or the other. Besides them both being a creative extension of who I am, I don’t really see them as being related. They both embody who I am which is something I’ve been working to accept. I don’t have to put myself in a box and choose one or the other. I would rather celebrate all my of my talents and share all of me, instead of just a part of me. Authenticity, & Truth.
Carrie: What do you hope people get from your art?
I really love to help people. I hope for people to be able to connect with my art and it’s healing energies to bring the balance and healing qualities they are looking for into their lives and into their space.
Carrie: What does your workspace look like?
I have to laugh, it’s nothing fancy. Right now my painting space is a corner of our garage. It works for me so I have no complaints. I don’t need anything fancy and I enjoy being able to work from home. My jewelry studio and office are set up in our spare bedroom. We make it work.
Carrie: What strategies do you use to help yourself when you feel “stuck?”
If I feel myself feeling stuck or frustrated the best thing for me to do is to take action. Just jump in and try something new or to just get started: let it go, and let it flow. Sometimes that may also mean taking a break, going for a run, walk or getting a workout in to clear some energies and come back to my project feeling refreshed.
Carrie: How do you think vulnerability affects artists/creatives?
As an artist or individual, allowing yourself to be vulnerable is what allows you to stay open to all the possibilities that may be waiting to reveal themselves to you.
Carrie: What is one creative resource you can’t live without?
Creativity comes from within so as long as I can connect with my inner self I can find a way to be creative whether I am using traditional art tools, found objects or nature.
Carrie: Who/what inspires you?
A few artists that I have served as inspiration for me are Salvador Dali, Flora Bowley & Kelly Rae Roberts. I find inspiration from deep within my soul, also a connection to nature.
Carrie: How do you define Creativity?
Wow, well so many ways. I feel that everyone embodies creativity whether they realize it or not. Creativity is the ability to create and problem solve outside of the box.
Be Artist Strong: how open are you to your own vulnerability as a creative? What can you do today to honor your vulnerable, inner artist? I want to know! Tell me about it in the comments below.
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