I form this raw material, earth, with my hands guided by my own imagination, but it seeks to mysteriously elude me; the alchemistic process of firing adds surprising new elements each time. I shape the material and simultaneously it has its own power.read more
Creative biography BRIGITTE SAUGSTAD
Brigitte Saugstad studied ceramic art and design at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna under Prof. Matteo Thun. After completing her studies, the artist spent several months at the College of Art in New Delhi where she delved into the Indian mythology regarding the archetype of the ‘divine inner child’ — the elephant-headed god, Ganesha. Deeply moved and inspired by this experience, the artist has let him playfully dance through her hands over the years, and in all her works is woven this principle of the inner child — the embodiment of childlike joy, innocence and wisdom within.
Rather than provoke thought with her art, Brigitte Saugstad prefers to effect a state of thoughtless-awareness and release. The Italian art critic, Georgio Pilla, summarized Brigitte Saugstad’s art in the following words: “The nature of the works lies in the flowing movements, the gliding and the floating, that lend the sculptures and other objects an extraordinary impression of joy and lightness. At the same time the works radiate a strength and solidarity with the earth. It is this balance between dynamism and harmony that instantly attracts the observer and suffuses one with life.”
Born in Vienna, Brigitte Saugstad presently lives and works as an independent artist in Vienna and the countryside of Lower Austria.
2018: „open art 2018“ Gallery Merlino, Florenz, Italy
2018: „Die Dynamik der Stille“ Eine Art Gallery Mödling, Austria
2018: „Schatten“ Kunst:Werk St.Pölten, Austria
2018: ArtInnsbruck, Innsbruck, Austria
2017: „No Robots“ Gallery KOKO, Vienna, Austria
2017: 71th annual exhibition, St.Pölten city Museum of the St.Pöltner Künstlerbundes, Austria
2017: Ibiza Artfair, Ibiza, Spain
2017: AIDAC „Salon2017“ Saint-Tropez, France
2017: Art Baho, Barcelona, Spain
2017: “Salon Golden Garden“ Mandelieu/ Cannes Villa Ruzzana, France
2017: Hommage a Morandi“ Verein für Kunst-Kultur, Eichgraben, Austria
2017: Art Shopping, Caroussel du Louvre Paris, France
2017: Kölner Liste, Gallery m Beck, Cologne, Germany
2017: „Hommage à Morandi“ Verein für Kunst und Kultur Eichgraben, Eichgraben, Austria.
2017: „Art Baho“ Art Nou Mil.lenni, Barcelona, Spain.
2017: „surprise“ Kunst:Werk, St. Pölten, Austria.
2017: „gegenwärtig“ Kunst:Werk, St. Pölten, Austria.
2017: Kölner Liste Gallery m Beck, Köln, Germany.
2017: „rund“ Kunst:Werk, St. Pölten, Austria.
2017: „taktil“ Kunst:Werk, St. Pölten, Austria.
2016: Art Innsbruck Artinnovation, Innsbruck, Austria.
2016: „Horizonte“ St. Pöltner Künstlerbund, St. Pölten, Austria.
2016: Art Monaco, Monaco.
2016: 70. Jahresausstellung St. Pöltner Künstlerbund, St. Pölten, Austria.
2016: „Kunst am Zaun“, Börsepark Vienna, Austria.
2016: „Not for sale“ St. Pöltner Künstlerbund, St. Pölten, Austria.
2016: „schwarz, weiß & grau“ St. Pöltner Künstlerbund, St. Pölten, Austria
2016: ArtInnsbruck Artinnovation, Innsbruck, Austria
2016: „Glück“ Galerie m Beck, Homburg, Germany
2015: „Christmas exhibition“ Art Nou Mil.lenni gallery, Barcelona, Spain.
2015: „Christmas exhibition“ gallery of Cafe Latte Grande, Vienna, Austria.
2015: „Christmas exhibition“ Secret Gallery, Budapest, Hungary.
2015: „Christmas exhibition“ Berekai Art Salon, Budapest, Hungary.
2015: „69. annual exhibition of St. Pöltner Künstlerbund“ Stadtmuseum, St. Pölten, Austria.
2015: Art book „Artedition“ Artinnovation, Innsbruck, Austria.
2015: “Inner Peace” Darb 1718 Contemporary Art & Culture Center, Cairo, Egypt.
2015: “Artotal” Art Nou Mil.lenni Gallery, Barcelona, Spanien.
2015: “The Mural for the Peace” Museum of the Americas, Miami, USA.
2015: Chianciano Biennale 2015, Siena, Italy.
2015: ‘Sommerfest’ Artinnovation, Innsbruck, Austria.
2015: Art Beijing 2015, Art Nou Mil.lenni Gallery, Beijing, China.
2015: KÖLNER LISTE 2015, Galerie Artinnovation, Köln, Germany.
2015: ‘The Mural for the Peace‘ Alliance Francaise of Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
2015: ‘The Mural for the Peace‘ Hispanic Institute of Houston, USA.
2015: ArtInnsbruck, Innsbruck, Austria.
2015: London Biennale 2015, London, UK.
2014: Palm Art Award ‘Certificate of Excellence‘ for extraordinary artistic quality and originality, Germany.
2014: ‘Festzeit‘ LDXArtodrome Gallery, Berlin, Germany.
2014: ‘The illusion of reality‘ Galleria De Marchi, Bologna, Italy.
2014: Permanent exhibition, Österreichische Werkstätten, Wien, Austria.
2014: Art Fair Köln, LDXArtodrome Gallery, Köln, Germany.
2014: S Art Space Gallery, New York, USA.
2014: Galleria Sabrina Falzone, Milan, Italy.
2014: 1. Art Fair Iran, Teheran, Iran.
2014: ‘Überraschungen‘ Galerie Impact, Wiener Neustadt, Austria.
2014: ‘Querschnitte‘ Galerie Merikon, Palais Esterhazy, Vienna, Austria.
2014: Artist Catalogue, International Contemporary Artists, USA.
2014: ArtInnovation, Kunst und Kulturhaus Tegernsee, Germany.
2014: ArtInnsbruck, Galerie Bertrand Kass, Innsbruck, Austria.
2013: Art calendar 2014, Artinnovation, Innsbruck, Austria.
2013: Catalogue presentation 2008-2013, Rearte Galery, Vienna, Austria.
2013: Catalogue presentation ART3, Museum St. Johann, Austria.
2013: 67. annual exhibition, St. Pöltner Künstlerbund, Stadtmuseum, St. Pölten, Austria.
2013: Burgruine Reichenstein VI Internationales Malerfest, Reichenstein, Austria.
2013: Imperial Palace, Lions Club Tyrol collective charity exhibition, Innsbruck, Austria.
2013: Galerie ArtRoom21, collective exhibition with Kitz Art, Innsbruck, Austria.
2013: Akzenta Graz, Galerie Bertrand Kass, Graz, Austria.
2013: Art Innsbruck, Galerie Bertrand Kass, Innsbruck, Austria.
2012: ‘Beyond Thoughts’ Rearte Gallery, Vienna, Austria.
2012: ‘ViennaBloom’ and ‘Papageno hearts’ Wiener Werkstätten, Vienna, Austria.
2012: Galerie Bertrand Kass, Innsbruck, Austria.
2012: ‘Changing Places – Art Without Borders’ Galerie Offenes Atelier D.U. Design, Villach, Austria.
2012: Festival Cultura dello Spirito, Albera Ligure, Italy.
2012: Kunst Pavillion, Spring Art Fair, Galerie Bertrand Kass, Graz, Austria.
2012: ‘QuadriArt’ EAGL Gallery, Berlin, Germany.
2011: ‘Ice Princesses’ Hartmann Optik, Vienna, Austria.
2011: ‘Multiple Choice’ Domenig Gallery, Vienna, Austria.
2011: ‘ViennaBloom‘ Park Heldenberg, Austria.
2011: ‘Ice Princesses’ Gallery-Studio 18, Vienna, Austria.
2010: ‘Ganeshas and Fairies’ Kunst- und Kulturverein, Eichgraben, Austria.
2010: ‘Festival Cultura dello Spirito’ Albera Ligure, Italy.
2009: ‘Elephants For Peace’ Gallery-Studio 18, Vienna, Austria.
2009: ‘Festival Cultura dello Spirito’ Albera Ligure, Italy.
2009: ‘Elephants For Peace’ Ledra Street border-checkpoint, international peace exhibition, Cyprus.
2009: ‘Elephants For Peace’ Famagusta Gate Gallery, international peace exhibition, Cyprus.
2008: ‘Christmas Spirit’ Galerie am Karmelitermarkt, Vienna, Austria.
2008: ‘Ganesha’ Galerie zum Alten Rathaus, Stockerau, Austria.
2008: ‘Role Plays: Impressions of Venice’ Karmeliter Kirche, Wiener Neustadt, Austria.
2008: ‘Distribuzione dei ruoli’ Centro D’Arte San Vidal, U.C.A.I. Venice, Italy.
2007: ‘Colors in Winter’ Chocolate Factory, Vienna, Austria.
2006: ‘Christmas Exhibition’ Domus Designer Furniture House, Vienna, Austria.
2005: ‘Colors in Winter’ Galerie am Karmelitermarkt, Vienna, Austria.
2001–2004: Heritage House Gallery, Langley, BC, Canada.
2001–2003: Arnold Mikelson’s Mind And Matter Gallery, Ocean Park, BC, Canada.
2000: ‘Flowers & Mirrors’ Gallery NC, Ashville, North Carolina, USA.
1990: ‘Reflections of the Heavens’ Historisches Museum, Vienna, Austria.
1985: ‘A New Coffee Landscape’ New York, USA and Innsbruck, Austria.
1984: ‘Contemporary Porcelain’ Demel, Vienna, Austria.
Publikumspreis 2016/ 2017
Leonardo Award for Sculpture
3. Preis für Werk “Eisprinzessin – Balance ist alles!”
Chianciano Biennale 2015
“Special mention for excellence”
London Art Biennale 2015
Palm Art Award 2014
“Certificate of Excellence”
„Premio De Marchi 2014″
Series Ganesha - Sweetness of Life
The elephant god Ganesha has his roots on the Indian subcontinent. He is the wonderful symbol of the eternal child, joy, innocence and wisdom. Curiosity and fascination drive me to form this elephant out of clay. Simple earth that slowly takes shape. The prominent belly and plump arms and legs express the character of his sweet, childlike personality and complete satisfaction. His movements are light and rhythmical, despite his corpulent body. Out of his navel unfolds the motherly life energy in the form of a golden spiral. The elephant head symbolises innocence and wisdom. To defend these universal virtues he carries weapons in his hands and helps to overcome life’s obstacles with his powers. Another hand holds sweets, a gift to satisfy hunger. The fourth hand is raised to give blessings and good fortune. With his broken tusk he writes the history of the universe. Bejewelled like a king, sparkling with gold and precious stones, he sits there with his childlike smile. These eternal attributes interweave the mythology with my artistic creations and let the elephant god Ganesha dance out of my hands.
During many journeys, the search and curiosity for other cultures, I discovered that I needed to find the peace I wanted for the world first in me. The archetype Ganesha, the universal divine inner child, and Hanumana, the divine messenger, touched my heart, inspired me, and opened new paths for me as artist and human.
Series Ice Princesses
The passion for dance, speed and movement led me as a child to figure skating. I won several European junior championships before I ended my young career as a figure skater. But the fascination for powerful and harmonic movement lives still within me. The Ice Princesses appear to betake themselves up into the air and fly towards the heavens. Despite their robustness their corporeality dissolves. What remains is the lightness of being, the gliding and uplifting, the balance and the arresting of movement. A captured moment of weightlessness.
Series Blossom Spheres - ViennaBloom
My homage to Vienna and the Vienna Workshops movement. Born in Vienna, I grew up surrounded by the ubiquitous presence of the Jugendstil/Art Nouveau movement. The Jugendstil epoch is of particular importance to the ceramic art and handcraft, thus it’s no wonder that I should draw inspiration for my artwork from the philosophy of the Vienna Workshops movement of that historical period. The ceramic works of that time mostly impress upon us a light, free and friendly world. The strong colours, playful decorations and love for detail are also an essential part of my artistic creations. The inner exuberance of Viennese Jungendstil ceramic sculptures can be discovered again in my works. The harmonic movements, the powerful curves and the abundance and luxuriance of the sculptures lend to my works their exceptional expression of joy, wellbeing and lightness. The ViennaBloom series is my homage to the Viennese ceramic art of the Jungendstil Vienna Workshops period.