Nina Pietsch is a self-taught artist, specializing in psychedelic art.
She was born and raised in Tbilisi, Georgia. Since 2009 has been living and working in Germany where she is a member of local artists’ club.
Her paintings are colorful, mysterious, and full of fantasy. Her works are inspired by the freedom of mind, determined to let the viewers see the beauty of life beyond the boundaries we are expected to exist in, through the realization of the way their mind and heart wander within their own motions. Nina’s works are mostly done in watercolor, ink, and acrylic technique.
Hello Nina, thank you for doing this interview for 123Art Magazine. Tell us a few words about yourself. What does a typical day look like? Do you just do art, or is art just part of the picture?
Nina: I’m 30 years old, wife, mom of a 6-year-old boy, and also a puppy mom (adopted a few days ago). I love spending time with my family and friends, but also with myself. I love cooking, traveling, experiencing new things. I love life when it’s good. A typical day of mine these days isn’t very different, as from many others. Due to COVID-19 and lockdown, I’m helping my son with homeschooling. So I don’t really have much time for anything else. I hope this whole situation will be over soon, so I can get back to doing art.
Tell us about your artwork, medium, style, subject matter etc.
Nina: Many of my artworks are done in watercolor and ink on paper, but from time to time I’m also drawing with acrylic on canvas, so I have some work in that technique as well.
What is the process from start to final artwork, do you envision it from the beginning or is it a different process? And how do you know when a work is finished?
Nina: This is hard to say. Sometimes I see something inspiring and think: wow, I have to revive that in my next artwork. Or I feel an urge to paint something and in that case, the things I paint inspire me further, till I decide it’s done, which I never know for sure because there are always more details to add.
You were born and raised in Tbilisi, Georgia. How much has your art changed when you moved to Germany, if at all?
Nina: I was very young when I moved to Germany, so I guess I would have changed in some way anyway. I think missing my homeland and my people changed my feelings, accordingly my art.
What drew you to psychedelic art? Have you ever had experience with psychedelics? 😊
Nina: Of course, I experienced psychedelics once, years ago and it expanded my imagination and creativity in ways I never thought were conceivable. When my emotions started to talk directly to my visual cortex, it unlocked every tiny little closed door in my brain and showed me how gigantic and spectacular human’s mind can be. Tones of inspiration flowed through my neurons and since then it never stopped, to be honest.
You say your work is inspired by the freedom of mind. Can you tell us a bit more about that?
Nina: To me, freedom of mind means to allow the natural flow of your thoughts: open, aware, and free. Free from stereotypes that people have set for other people, but themselves too.
What is your favorite artwork from some artist you admire, and if you could pick one that you’ve made, and why?
Nina: I admire Hieronymus Bosch and his artworks, especially “The Garden of Earthly Delights”. It has it all: love, life, fear… It gives me goosebumps every time I look at it. I’m very grateful I had a chance to see it live in Madrid, Museo del Prado.
Regarding my artworks, my favorite one is “the Alphabet”, because my son’s zodiac sign is Pisces. The other reason, why this painting means so much to me, is obviously the most beautiful and unique Georgian alphabet. I also find it very sweet, how my son looks at it almost every night before bedtime and tries to find the resemblance between Georgian letters and some random things from our life.
Do you have a real-life situation that inspired your artwork?
Nina: Yes. I painted “Pandemic Psychosis” in March 2020, where all this new pandemic situation drove us crazy. It was all about the virus, masks, canceled flights, vaccine, and toilet paper:). You can find it all in my painting.
Are there any upcoming shows or workshops we should know about?
Nina: There was an Exhibition planned in London with another great visual artist Maia Ti in April 2020 and also a solo Exhibition in my Hometown Tbilisi, but due to Covid-19, everything was postponed.
Do you see your art as serving a purpose beyond art?
Nina: I think my artworks are a manifestation of my inner self, a free mind. And as long as my art gives someone goosebumps or someone feels related to it or even if someone feels uncomfortable while looking at my artwork, then, I think, it is doing the right job.
I’ve noticed you are also holding piano lessons for beginners. How is that going for you?
Nina: Music was always my passion. I studied piano for 9 years in music college in Georgia and performed several times in the National Conservatory of Georgia together with the live orchestra. It makes me happy, to pass it on to the younger generation. I hope I can continue giving regular after the lockdown ends.
What are you currently working on, and what is next for you?
Nina: Currently I’m working on a big, heavy Book full of sketches named “Shroomery”. Once its finished, I would like to exhibit it with my other artworks. Also, I am planning to do a series of Zodiac, like the one with pisces. And of course, I’m looking forward to arranging new dates and hold the postponed exhibitions together with the new ones, as soon as possible.
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