• Ingrid Nuss

    Ingrid Nuss
    • Artist Statement
      • Universurrealism

        My work is a visual exploration of the combination of science, nature and spirituality, like the universe in which we exist.

        Through my work I wish to express the space between what we perceive as reality and our inner world, where we are constantly shifting and changing on a spiritual and cosmic level. I create alternative realities where I can steer away from the obvious and propose a different kind of being; a different future - and so open new possibilities of looking at the universe we live in and our own existence. In the end it's about creating a feeling, a universal emotional reaction that connects us from within.
    • Biography
      • B.A. FINE ART (Michaelis School of Fine Art (UCT))

        Ingrid Nuss is an artist and illustrator residing in Wilderness, the 'heart of the Garden Route', South Africa. Her avid family camping trips between the Cape and Namibia cultivated her love for her natural surroundings and art. She attended the Jack Meyer Art Centre in her younger years then graduated with a distinction at the Michaelis School of Fine Art in Cape Town in 2007 (UCT).

        After her studies she travelled extensively for a number of years and worked for on of the largest privately owned art auctioneering companies abroad. Her hands-on experience with dealing in high art taught her a great deal about the context of historical and contemporary art, whilst exploring much of the globe and visiting some of the largest art museums in the world.

        Inspired by the immense natural beauty of her surroundings, she has used the local environment as her predominant inspiration in her art. She has experimented in various styles and mediums for her own growth and progress, which resulted in her innermost expressive style "Universurrealism".

        In Ingrid's artist statement she explains "the most important part of my work is to enable a feeling, which cannot be communicated easily in words, as it connects from within".

        Selected Exhibitions:

        Group Exhibition at Wilderness Annual Open Gallery
        Solo Exhibition at Sedgefield Remax Art Initiative

        Group Exhibition at Wilderness Annual Open Gallery

        Group Exhibition at Wilderness Annual Open Gallery

        Group Exhibition '10 World Cup' at Art On Long, Cape Town

        Honors Degree Exhibition at Michaelis School Of Fine Art (UCT), Cape Town
    • Interview
      • Which new trends or South African artists do you find inspiring at the moment?
        There are quite a few newer artists in South Africa who I find greatly inspiring. Amongst the works of Alexia Vogel, Kirsten Simms, Ruby Swinney (and not too new, but just as refreshing) Matthew Hindley and Lizza Littlewort. I love following their artistic practices and evolution.

        Which South African deceased artist do you most admire and why?
        It's a bit hard for me to highlight on single favourite, because there are so many different ones for different reasons. So if I have to I'll say it's between two. One: Jacobus Hendrik Pierneef, for his majestic landscapes which capture the awe of being in South African open nature. Two: For portraiture, I admire the works of Vladimir Tretchikoff. Even though he was viewed as overly-commercial, I am drawn to his colour usage and patterns in his paintings. They are beautifully evocative and exotic.

        If you could only have one piece of art in your life, what would it be?
        "The Ecumenical Council" by Salvador Dali. I fell in love with it when I stood in front of this breathtaking large canvas and Dali was staring back at me from the left corner, at eye-level, with his brush in his hand.

        How did you get started? Did you always want to be an artist?

        I always felt creativity provided a space for me which transcends above everyday emotions. The act of creating was definitely the path all along. So when I was faced with what to pursue in my life as a career there was a strong pull to fine art. I've never regretted it and only find it more and more rewarding as this journey unfolds.

        What are some of the key themes you explore in your work?

        Universurrealism (which I explain in more detail in my artists statement), patterns in nature - from microscopic to cosmic, spaces in between perceived reality and dreamscapes/imagination/feelings/intuition and the relation of the past to the present and where we could be heading in the future.

        What inspired your latest body of work?
        My surroundings, which awaken certain thoughts that develop into my dreamy landscapes. Living in the Garden Route, specifically Wilderness, one gets a sense of a bigger picture when all the clutter of the media and the rat-race, which is such a big part of our developing society, is slowed down. I find clarity in looking at the world from a scientific, spiritual and cosmic level. This inspires the foundation of all my work, in which I allow myself freedom to depict and imagined world based on what I perceive around me.

        Tell us more about your creative process.
        I go to certain natural landscapes in my surroundings, take a lot of photos of scenes that I love and make me feel intensely. Then I'll go back to my studio, create a couple of compositional drawings, and open myself to allow some inspiration to complete the planning which will add meaning and relevance to the message of my works, then start painting.

        What drives you as an artist?

        The hope that my art will connect with viewers who understand my message. With an ever-changing world, we have the ability to alter the future. My art aim is to highlight the magnitude of knowing that we are a unified globe, and need to grow through positivity and by looking at the bigger picture.

        Do you have a favourite or most meaningful work?
        "Forest Tale"

        What is your greatest achievement as an artist to date?
        This might sound very simple, but the ability to wake up every day and be creative and paint and inspire people is the greatest achievement.

        What are your aspirations for the future?
        I'd like to attain a global audience. My goal is to exhibit on multiple international art platforms and connect with like-minded artists and creatives to start a new artist movement, one which depicts consciousness mindsets for the future, whilst keeping a unique South African identity and importance.

  • Forest Tale - Painting by Ingrid Nuss INGRID NUSS
    Forest Tale
    Painting / 53 x 43 cm
  • The Eternal Jungle - Painting by Ingrid Nuss INGRID NUSS
    The Eternal Jungle
    Painting / 54 x 71 cm
  • Fish Eagle Over Storms River - Painting by Ingrid Nuss INGRID NUSS
    Fish Eagle Over Storms River
    Painting / 38 x 35 cm