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A SLICE OF HAPPINESS
Maria Walter Nielsen
There are expressions of breathtaking accuracy, capable of turning the spotlight on something that is there for all to see but that very few notice. In the Icelandic language, the word Sauðljóst indicates the precise moment of the day when the light makes it possible to distinguish the sheep. Not a moment before, and not a moment after. It is an attention to detail and the tiny folds of a completely natural existence for Maria Nielsen, a fashion graphic designer with strong ties to the world of art and design. The taste for meticulous observation and the care she puts into everything she does have defined her creativity.
As for A Slice of Happiness / Fette di Felicità, a project born during the lockdown yet envisioned for quite some time, it expresses throughout colourful and fun drawings a pleasure that is as simple as it is immediate - that of good food, of the joy of preparing something to eat together. Who would have thought that a slice of salami could reveal such an interesting pattern? Maria Nielsen knows how to open things up and look at how they are done inside with enthusiasm, with sincere interest. Everything changes and gets better if it is well cut - and if you think about it, it is not at all granted. Alongside the carefully sliced salami, fruits, vegetables and cheeses, on the walls of Meme Gallery there are also portraits of a butcher and a fruit seller. The ideal setting is to put everything in the right perspective, with a point of irony towards traditional paintings. Impossible not to think of these designs as the ideal gift. Who wouldn't want to get some Slices of Happiness?