INTERVIEW, April 17th, 2020
Like piercing rays of sunshine, Marianne Roussety is as close to Earth as they come. A magical painter, model and divine feminine, we took to Byron to capture this rare creature in her home habitat, Byron Bay. We chat daily acts of mindfulness, a world without freedom and top ways to self-love.
Q: You’re an amazing artist! How would you describe your work and how do you approach colour, texture and subject?
A: Thank you so much! My work is inspired by the essence of feminine in its natural habitat. Think slow and nurtured life in connection with nature. I’m currently working on a series that is exactly what I just described, women in beautiful and lush landscapes, with blush, ochre, yellow, red earth and green tones. Super excited to share these pieces hopefully soon-ish.
Q: What do your creations say about you as a human?
A: My creations are filled with a love for nature and a connection to my roots. For me, painting/creating is healing and I can express whatever I feel, something I can’t always express with words! I think you can feel a certain sensitivity and resilience in my paintings too.
Q: How have you found the experience of isolation so far and tell us how you have been occupying the time indoors?
A: Hmm … super mixed feelings! On one side, as more of an introvert I’ve been loving it. The slow life and acting mindfully has been a welcome shift. On the other side I have also felt helpless and a tad nervous about the future - about having our freedom restrained. I have been occupying myself cooking, baking, painting (almost everyday) and making little ceramics for our home!
Q: What are you listening to, reading and/or streaming?
A: I listen to music all the time! I have a few Spotify playlists and listen to music based on my current mood. One good book I picked up again is The Untethered Soul by Michael Singer.
Q: What have you found most challenging about the current climate, and how have you managed that?
A: Regulated freedom restraints are definitely a challenge … but we can’t do too much about it. I have been trying to meditate and find ways to stay calm!
Q: If you could have dinner with anyone, who would it be, and what is the first question you’d ask?
A: My mum! I miss her so much, she lives in Canada so I only see her once or twice a year. I would ask her when she is moving to Australia :)
Q: The last lesson you learned?
A: To always be gentle on myself. Always!
Q: The greatest words of wisdom you have encountered?
A: The wound is the place where the light enters you - Rumi.
Q: Your top self-love rituals?
A: Red wine, dark chocolate, nice music and painting, all at once. My absolute favourite haha!
Q: In light of Earth Day next week, what sustainable actions do you practice everyday?
A: I try to be mindful everyday. My partner Ben and I have reduced our single use plastics to almost none. We’re not perfect but we are doing the best we can. We mostly buy bulk foods and make our own nut milk. We also pick up rubbish/plastic from the beaches when we can.
Q: What is your ultimate Maurie + Eve #WFH piece?
A: The 100% Cotton Soma set! So pretty and comfy.
Q: And your ultimate Maurie + Eve loungewear piece(s)?
The Indus Kimono Set.