Sige painting – B. Mantek Fotografie

Hi there! This is me.

In full concentration and in the creation of new artwork. I was born and raised in Antwerp, Belgium. For more than 8 years now, I’m living and working in Zürich, Switzerland.

Sige being – B. Mantek Fotografie

Grüezi Wohl! Das bin ich.

Mit voller Lebensfreude in meinem Studio. Ich bin geboren und aufgewachsen in Antwerpen, Belgien. Seit mehr als 8 Jahren lebe und arbeite ich in Zürich, Schweiz.

Artist’s Statement

Why do I produce art?

The urge to create drives me to produce art. Creating art coincides with pursuing our deepest dreams, slowing down, connecting with the essence of life. To express creatively you give yourself that freedom because it is not given to you. You truly have to take that freedom to yourself. That’s more or less it. Letting go of resistance and be you in your heart, soul, intuition, and mind. It’s about believing and trusting. My freedom has 3 aims:

Freedom for yourself

Expressing myself creatively and therefore producing art is what I love. By producing good art, I make a living on my own terms. Art is the way to be truly free to use my own voice, to travel for igniting inspiration and expansion, and to allow leading-edge experiences. This way I can stay close to that child in me. A child with a heart that jumps for joy and expresses by laughter. Our quest for freedom lies in our childhood (what inspired you then?) and releasing resistance. For you, the meaning of freedom can be completely different. Hence, there are as many meanings to freedom as there are people on this planet. Art is my voice, exchange and connection. It gives focus, it structures my life, it influences my heart, soul, health, mind, is lead by my intuition and it permits me to become the best version of myself in the surrounding of those I love. Art confirms my self-worth, the daily choice to be free, radical responsibility and is my expression to be using my voice and showing up to myself as a self-authorized being. I acknowledged I only can be myself, even in a society that longs for you to fit in. In doing so I initiate the same tremendous added value to be just you for other human beings longing for that same space to be who you are, who you always supposed to be and to become that sparkling version of you.

Freedom for our children

By allowing your dreams, we guide our children no matter where they want to be. Children need to believe in something. Adults are no different. Art enables me to guide my three daughters to go where their passion and deep fulfillment lead to. It permits me to make them realize that, once grown up, they don’t have to choose for a life that they didn’t sign up for. I don’t want to teach my children that fitting in is a good deal of an adult’s life. I myself was trapped in the fitting in. Once. Not anymore… It took me the courage to be honest to myself and society, and to really follow the path of freedom although it was far disconnected from my daily life. For me, that path of art is the path of freedom. Expressing myself through a form of art shifts my focus to the long term. With that focus only, I desire to raise my daughters.

Freedom from former patterns

To assure we can grant our children freedom, we have to combat these things we duel with during our own life. If we don’t consciously undertake so, these unaware behaviors surely stay a pattern that will burden your children as well and probably theirs. This is why patterns thrive for several generations first. Be fair and let’s clarify the stones on our road properly. If we do, we free our environment and surroundings together with us. If we don’t, these stones will be obstructing our children’s self-expression. Moreover, by doing so, you indirectly guide and lead by example to clear the path for themselves as well. A pattern being there for generations is a tuff one. So be gentle with yourself. Let’s break with it or ask to be guided by a pro and just take that freedom by expressing who you are, implementing it for yourself first, and leading by example our families and society as a whole.

Producing art, creating, and using my voice is my contribution to taking that freedom and allowing the life of our dreams. I am looking forward to you allowing space to be yourself too! In the meanwhile, I invite you to feel spoken to, reminded daily, and stay initiated by sharing my own process of my own self-expression through any current form of art.

Summary of Artist’s statement

The urge to create drives Sige to make art. It’s a deep call to freedom on many levels. First of all, by producing good art, Sige creates a living on her terms. While creating and executing art, simultaneously Sige releases her dreams. Moreover, art enables Sige to guide her three daughters to go for their own passion and fulfillment, no matter where it takes them. It gives Sige deep trust to let them free in their choice. It is with the same courage that art shifted the focus to the long term. Like freedom from not serving patterns. The rat race. Low self-esteem. Art opens up the boundaries Sige still can feel. It clarifies the stones on her own road. Art encourages Sige to slow down, to express beyond words, and to really connect with herself.

Sige takes the freedom to be herself, to express herself, use her voice, and connect with the essence of life. There is no need to satisfy external norms and expectations. Art made Sige realize the choice we have daily, taking radical responsibility, to listen to her heart, her soul and intuition to be creating the world of her own dreams and secure to be an example for her children. For the art installation, NARCHITEKTUR Zürich, Sige combines nature, art, and architecture and integrates these as architectural designs in the infrastructure of the centre of Zurich as an immediate answer to address climate change. Inspired action to initiate change. For our children and us, for we all get to create the life of their dreams too.

Meanwhile, listen to yourself. What makes you to feel free? What gives you the courage to strive for “your freedom”? Remind yourself that we all are free and give yourself that space and freedom. There comes a time when you realize you have the choice.  To be you, to take radical responsibility, to listen to your heart, soul, and intuition to be creating the world of our dreams. Let’s participate together in this debate on freedom.

Biography

What would your life be like if you take the freedom to follow your dreams?

If you dared to move just the way you are? If you made a choice by the heart, unhindered by any expectations?

Sige Nagels (Antwerp, ° 1977) graduated as an engineer-architect. For years, she worked on a promising career in the construction sector. As a project manager, she ran construction sites worth millions – and she did well. More or less. But what seemed like a success story for the outside world, didn’t feel like a success at all for Sige.

A move to Zurich – and a farewell to her demanding job – initially brought Sige trust and peace of mind. For a number of years, she put the care for her family front and center. And no matter how much that filled her heart, she had the nagging feeling that something else was waiting for her simultaneously. A mission that had been hiding under her skin for a long time and that was looking for a way to the surface.

She finally made a decision during Zurich Manifesta 2016. From then on, Sige devotes herself to painting and expressing creatively, in the only way that Sige could do that: with 100% pure dedication.

“There comes a time when you realize you have the choice.”

Since then you can find Sige in her studio, meanwhile our living room. Compositions of surfaces, shapes, and sharp edges alternate with abstract rigid expressions and perspectives in striking bold colors. Bound by no specific training or style, Sige turns abstract concepts into diversification of concrete shapes and colors.

Indeed, Sige regards the fact that she did not receive classical training in the arts as a major asset: it ensures that she can approach her art unconditionally and freely.

Freedom in and of itself is the ultimate theme for Sige. Through her work, she answers pressing questions about freedom and how it showed itself in her own life.

People call Sige’s choice for the arts “a courageous decision.” Sige, for her part, does not understand why she wouldn’t follow her heart. “I know this is my path. What message would I give my children if I didn’t follow it myself?”, Sige smiles. With her work, Sige knows to inspire and initiate others to choose freedom (hug your self-worth) and make room for their own true happiness.  

Lebenslauf

Sige Nagels – Visual Artist – Bildende Künstlerin

Sige Nagels

Geb. 1977, Antwerpen, Belgien
Lebt und wohnt in Gattikon, Schweiz
www.sigenagels.com

+41 78 944 77 30 oder mail@sigenagels.com

Kompetenzen

Kunst: Kunst Installation ‘Narchitektur’, stark gefärbte abstrakte Acrylmalereien auf Leinwand, Mixed Media auf Leinwand und abstrakte Perspektivzeichnungen auf Papier

Persönlich: Optimistin, offen, gewissenhaftig, fleissig und empathisch. Ich lass mich nicht enttäuschen und verfüge über Ausdauer. Verbindet Menschen, inspiriert Menschen sich selbst Raum zu geben und nah an sich selbst zu sein

Erfahrung

Ausstellung Digital, Sofortige Massnahmen zur Bekämpfung des Klimawandels und seiner Auswirkungen, Galerie Novum Basel – Group Exhibition – 06 JUNI 2021 – 07 JULI 2021, BASEL, SWITZERLAND

Ausstellung Galerie IM FENSTERNarchitektur, Meinrad-Lienert-Strasse 5, 8003 Zürich – SOLO Ausstellung
6 APRIL 2021 – 7 MAI 2021, ZÜRICH, SWITZERLAND

Ausstellung Digital, Sofortige Massnahmen zur Bekämpfung des Klimawandels und seiner Auswirkungen, Galerie Novum Basel – Group Exhibition – 20 MARCH 2021 – 20 APRIL 2021, BASEL, SWITZERLAND

Ausstellung, Einer Auswahl meiner Werke, Bahnhofstrasse 16, 8800 Thalwil
21 NOVEMBER 2020 – 30 APRIL 2021, THALWIL, SCHWEIZ

Ausstellung ‘NARCHITEKTUR’, Rooftop Hotel Sedartis + Vernissage, Solo-Ausstellung
21 NOVEMBER 2020 – 23 NOVEMBER 2020, THALWIL, SCHWEIZ

Ausstellung ‘DEAR 2050: People react to climate change’, Climanosco, St. Annagasse 11, 8001 Zürich – Erste Ausstellung für ‘Narchitektur’, Gruppenausstellung + Slides Plenary talk + Press Release Vivamost
24 OKTOBER 2020 – 6 NOVEMBER 2020, ZÜRICH, SCHWEIZ

Kreation: ‘Narchitektur’, Installation: Als wäre Zürich in 9 Ihrer Orten von der Natur getragen
12 FEBRUAR 2020 – 15 OKTOBER 2020, ZÜRICH, SCHWEIZ

Ausstellung: Neujahrs Apéro, Dorfverein Gattikon, Schweikrueti
02 JANUAR 2020 – 02 JANUAR 2020, SCHWEIZ

Ausstellung: HOI ZÄME, Gattikon, Offenes Zuhause
14 DECEMBER 2019 – 17 DECEMBER 2019, SCHWEIZ

Ausstellung: Nothing is what it seems. For real, De Rosenobel, Solo-Ausstellung
01 AUGUST 2019 – 05 SEPTEMBER 2019, BELGIEN

Ausstellung: You are gold, Kloosterstraat, Antwerpen, Gruppenausstellung K. Steegmans
01 JULI 2019 – 31 JULI 2019, BELGIEN

Sige Nagels / Künstlerin, autodidact
IRGENDWANN – AKTUELL, SCHWEIZ

Zharity.ch / Mitgründerin einer Wohltätigkeitsorganisation in Zürich + Erstellen eines Vereins: www.zharity.ch
NOVEMBER 2015 – MÄRZ 2019, ZÜRICH, SCHWEIZ

Dorfverein Gattikon / Vorstandsmitglied Aktuarin
JANUAR 2016 – JANUAR 2017, GATTIKON, SCHWEIZ

CFE – MBG / Projektleiterin von mittleren zum grossen Baustellen, General-Bauunternehmen
NOVEMBER 2003 – OKTOBER 2011, BRUSSEL, ANTWERPEN, BELGIEN

Ausbildung

Autodidaktische Künstlerin
2010 – HEUTE, GESTALTUNGSWERKSTATT SIGE NAGELS, GATTIKON, ZÜRICH

Kunst- und Gestaltungskurs – dranbleiben.ch / Skizzieren und zeichnen, Dozent P. Schneebeli
NOVEMBER 2017, KUNSTHAUS, ZÜRICH

Im Atelier Shaun Dziedzic / Ausbildung
NOVEMBER 2014 – DECEMBER 2016, THALWIL

ORDE van Architekten: Offizielle Registration + Praktikum / Diplom. Ing. Architektin in selbständiger Arbeit
OKTOBER 2001 – OKTOBER 2003, BELGIEN

Katholische Universität von Leuven / Diplomierte Ingenieur Architektin
OKTOBER 1995 – JUNI 2001, LEUVEN, BELGIEN

Magazine & Zeitschriften

2017, Inserat Acrylmalerei: ‘Blattader’, Rüschlikon, Atelier Rainbow Tanzkunst, 20. Jubiläum

2020, Vivamost Press release ‘Narchitektur Oktober 2020’