‘’Making art, creating things is my contribution to this debate on freedom. I am looking forward to learning yours. In the meanwhile, I invite you to get to know mine….’’   

Artist Sige Nagels at work!

Hi there! This is me.

In full concentration and in creation of new artwork. I was born and raised in Antwerpen, Belgium. For more than 6 years now, I’m living and working in Zürich with my family, Switzerland.

Grüezi Wohl! Das bin ich.

In voller Konzentration an einem neuen Kunstwerk am arbeiten. Ich bin geboren und aufgewachsen in Antwerpen, Belgien. Seit mehr als 5 Jahren lebe und arbeite meine Familie und ich in Zürich, Schweiz.

Bildnachweis und Anerkennung für die Porträtfotografie, Birgit Mantek.
Bildnachweis und Anerkennung für die Porträtfotografie, Birgit Mantek.

Why do I make art?

The urge to create drives me to make art. For me, creating art coincides with pursuing your dreams, slowing down, connecting with the essence of life. Art is connected closely with “freedom”. Freedom in many perspectives:

Freedom for yourself

Making art is what I love. By making good art, I make my living. Not just ‘just a living’, “my” living. Art is a way to feel totally free. It permits me to become a child again. A child with a heart that jumps for joy and sparkling eyes. Our quest for freedom lies in there, in your childhood. For you, the meaning of freedom can be different. Hence, there are as many meanings of freedom as there are persons on this earth. Art is my guide. It gives me focus, it structures my life, it influences all my activities and it permits me to become the best version of myself in the surrounding of those I love. Art confirms my feeling of self-respect and enhances my respect for other human beings, for nature and for this planet.

Freedom for our children

By not only chasing your dreams, but also releasing them, we can guide our children no matter where. Children need to believe in something. Adults are no different. For me, art enables me to guide my three daughters to go where passion leads to. It permits me to make them realise 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 them that the rat race is as a good deal of an adult’s life. I myself was trapped in this rat race. Once. Not anymore… It took me courage to be honest to myself and society, and to really follow the path of freedom although it was far disconnected with my daily life. For me, that path of freedom is the path of art. Art helps me to shift my focus from the short term to the long term. It is only with that focus I want to raise up my daughters.

Freedom from former patterns

To assure we can grant our children freedom, we have to combat these things we duel with during your life. If we don’t do, these things might become a pattern that burdens your children as well. Let’s clarify the stones on our road. If we do, we free our surroundings together with us. If we don’t, these stones will be stones obstructing our children’s road. Moreover, let’s learn our children to clear the path for themselves as well. The pattern probably was there for generations. Let’s break with it and fight for our freedom by thinking wide and largely about freedom, by discussing it and making it work for sure in our families and in society as a whole. Making art, creating things is my contribution to this debate on freedom. I am looking forward to learning yours. In the meanwhile, I invite you to get to know mine….   

Artist statement

The urge to create drives me to make art. It’s a deep call to freedom on many levels. First of all, by making good art, I make my living. Not just ‘just a living’, “my” living. When making art, I am not only chasing my dreams, but also releasing them. Moreover, art enables me to guide my three daughters to go where passion leads to, no matter where. It gives me the courage to let them free. It is with the same courage that art finally helps me to shift my focus from the short term to the long term. Like freedom from former patterns. The rat race. Art helps me to open up the boundaries I still tend to feel. It clarifies the stones on my road. Art gives me the courage to slow down time and to really connect with the essence of life instead of trying to satisfy external norms and expectations. Art gives me the energy to jump out the mass…

Do you jump with me? Hence, slow down. Take your time looking at my artwork. Meanwhile, listen to yourself. What helps you to feel free? What gives you courage to strive for “your freedom”? Remind yourself that we all are free. Release yourself from existing boundaries. Participate with me to this debate on freedom.