Nadia Stieglitz is a self-taught ceramic sculptor whose work explores the intersection of art and nature using the themes of femininity, topography, and spatial philosophy. Her forms are intuitive, providing emotional expression to the sensation of the organic: the human body, a fruiting mushroom, a river as it flows toward the sea. With a particular focus on vessels, Stieglitz works to redefine the boundaries of this object and our conception of space—how we shape, occupy, and consider its potential. Concurrently, these works engage the viewer’s tactile senses, often inciting the desire to touch in order to fully experience their forms, as well as their textures and patterning. This emphasis on external elements compliments her twin interest in internal structures, which carry their own meaning. Growing up in the Alps, Nadia was constantly engaged with the natural world through outdoor activities, which taught her to bring the outside in; to consider how she could convey its beneficial impact on her well-being into her interior spaces.
Nadia draws attention to presence—the energetic occupation of space. She questions the ways in which she was taught to inhabit the world, as a woman, as an artist, a daughter, and a mother. Just as readily as these roles attempt to structure our perspective and sense of value, her work criticizes exactly such expectations by providing an alternate language of expression, one in which she creates forms with as much consideration as one chooses their words.
In 2022, Nadia was a visiting artist at the Gibbes Museum of Art, a program that features eight artists annually whose work contributes to a new understanding of art in the American South. In February, photos of five of her pieces were featured in the magazine Art Seen, from the Curator's Salon and she was part of a collective exhibition at REDUX, a contemporary art center in Charleston. Nadia was selected as an “Emerging Artist” at Artisphere, an annual art festival in Greenville, SC and accepted twice at Artsfield, an annual art competition, in Lake City. In Charleston, her work is now in view at The George Gallery.