I began drawing and painting in 1994, out of a need to communicate between the unconscious to the conscious mind. There was a buried treasure, experienced as pain which called my attention to investigate inwardly. Images and symbols presented themselves in dreams or during movement and bodywork experiences. The body was speaking — so I listened. The symbols became lines, became color, became shape and shade. Many of the paintings are surprises, others are near replications of what I've seen within.
In the 1990's and 2000's, I was busy adding bodywork certifications, choreographing movement performances, and writing poetry, as well as painting, so I did not seek formal post-graduate art training, though I would have loved it. I was however, fortunate to study informally with two painters; David Olander, (representational) and Eliezer Parrilla, (abstract) painters in Manhattan and in West Hurley, NY, 1990's and 2000's respectively. I began on canvas, following my teachers, then because of typical New York City rent stabilized apartment space limitations, I added making works on multi-media paper using acrylic, charcoal, pastel, watercolor, and oil stick.
I had a solo show at the East Village restaurant, Sister Jane's in 2018 from June to October. I also had two pieces up at a neighborhood vegan Szechuan restaurant, Spicy Moon from 2019-2021. Art and food go well together!
The conversation is with the unconscious -- cleaning out an infinite closet. My extensive movement explorations and healing my spine for 44 years finds its way in some of my work. Drawing what my scoliosis felt like, and studies of the bones, helped me to embody and heal my anatomy, as seen in the Anatomical and Body gallery.
I report the images and feelings that arise while sitting in meditation; reporting my experience in color, shape and concept. Most spiritual experiences are difficult to define in words so, shape, color, feeling and concept lend themselves more truly to expressing the message.
My work expresses and documents the exploration and experience of natural Laws within. For example: 'Red NRG Risen' is from a meditation, when the energy was moving up from the first chakra, (the red vibration), through the channel and out the top of my head, transmuting successive chakras along the way. A painting of the experience is more direct, showing a diagram of what can happen, when you've 'sat' for years. Painting these experiences is a bridge to my professional bodywork and teaching I've done for 30 years. You could say I'm an 'experiential artist' as well as an 'expressionist' painter.
Irish dance film maker, Ingrid Nachsternwas written by Alex Fatouros and published in The Theatre Times, January 2023.
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She is documenting a healing and self-realization process, in concept, color and line. She does her best to get out of the way, and allow IT show her what IT is.
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