Nadia Stieglitz’s journey as a ceramic sculptor began unexpectedly in June 2021, when she had the opportunity to showcase her work at a pop-up exhibit at the Dewberry Hotel, Charleston, SC. Although Stieglitz had only taken a few classes in 2019 at a local pottery studio, the response to her sculptures was overwhelmingly positive. This initial success served as a catalyst for her artistic ambitions, spurring her to seek out further art events and opportunities.
In 2022, her art work and dedication were recognized as she was selected as the Emerging Artist of Artisphere, a highly regarded art festival held in Greenville, SC. This honor provided a platform for her work to reach a wider audience and opened doors for further artistic growth. That same year, Stieglitz had the privilege of being chosen for Artfields, a highly regarded art competition and festival I South Carolina, both in 2022 and 2023.
In a significant milestone for her artistic development, Stieglitz was selected as one of eight artists in residence at the Gibbes Museum, Charleston, SC. This opportunity, which came over a year after exhibiting at the Dewberry Hotel, allowed her to immerse herself in a supportive and creative environment, fostering further experimentation and artistic exploration. Publications such as Charleston Magazine, Luxe Magazine (Summer,2023), Art Seen and Canvas Rebel (coming out this Fall 2023), have profiled her work,recognizing its unique blend of abstract form and organic aesthetic. Furthermore, she had the privilege of showcasing her work as a finalist in a Swiss pop-up gallery during Art Basel, Miami, in December of 2022.
Stieglitz’s artistic achievements also include being selected for the online exhibition "Biosphere," as well as participating in the “South Carolina Festival of Flowers Juried Art Show” at The Arts Center of Greenwood in Greenwood, SC. Additionally, she had the opportunity to present her work in “Show and Tell Art Show” in Charleston, SC.
Each experience and milestone along her artistic journey has played a vital role in shaping her development as a clay sculptor. She is grateful for the opportunities she has had thus far, and she is excited to continue pushing the boundaries of her art and exploring new realms of creativity.
She is currently represented by the George Gallery in Charleston.
Her art installation “Oceanic Drifts: Sculptures from Ashore” is displayed until July 23rd at the Gibbes Museum, Charleston, SC.
Through the natural and malleable medium of clay, I merge art and nature, forging a connection between the two. Within this realm, I draw my inspiration, exploring themes of femininity, spatial philosophy, and the interconnectedness between humanity and nature. Delving into the depths of these concepts, I aim to challenge conventional notions of vessels and space, giving rise to art that is not only expressive, sensual, and emotive but also resonates with the intricate topography of the world around us.
At the heart of my artistic exploration lies the human body, with its organic sensations serving as a captivating focal point. The tactile qualities of clay fascinate me, as they enable me to evoke a sense of touch and establish a profound connection with each piece, infusing them with subtle symbolism.
Nature serves as an unwavering muse, infusing my sculptures with evocative textures and intricate patterns. Drawing inspiration from my upbringing in the French Alps and my close proximity to the ocean, the profound influence of these environments permeates my creative process. Within my work, narrative
intertwines, beckoning viewers to immerse themselves in the embedded stories and underlying themes. Beyond the realm of biomorphic forms, my sculptures serve as canvases for crafting intricate surface designs that reflect the dynamic topography found in nature's networks such as the rhythmic undulations of
waves, the intricate patterns shaped by erosion, or the meaningful embellishments that adorn our surroundings. Through these meticulous surface designs, I delve into the interplay between human-made constructs and the organic realm. These narratives serve as metaphors, illuminating our interconnectedness and prompting us to safeguard the delicate equilibrium we must uphold with our environment.
In addition to my artistic practice, my studies of Feng Shui during my thirties has deepened my understanding and appreciation for the psychology of space and its profound impact on our perceptions. I strive to create vessels that invite nature indoors, blurring the boundaries between indoor and outdoor environments. Through my vessels and installations, I invite nature to intertwine with interior spaces, creating a harmonious fusion that challenges the conventional separation between the two.
Furthermore, I find inspiration in the resilience and power of women. By incorporating references to the female form in my sculptures, I aim to celebrate their strength, and inherent power while also challenging societal structures by empowering them through the spatial narratives conveyed in my three-dimensional art.
Ultimately, my goal is to craft a sensorial experience for viewers, inviting them to engage with my art on a deeply personal level. I wish individuals to explore the forms, textures, and patterns, allowing the art to evoke emotions and forge connections. It is through this intimate interaction that my work finds its purpose, as I endeavor to bring art and nature together in a harmonious dialogue, encouraging contemplation and appreciation of our surroundings. My artistic journey is a continuous exploration of the human experience, an invitation to pause, feel, reflect, and connect. Through the medium of clay, I strive to create sculptures that bridge the realms of art and emotion, transcending barriers and inviting viewers to embrace the beauty and inherent power that resides within themselves and the world around them.
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