A Story To Tell
Nathalie Hildegarde Liege works as a fine artist using a diversity of media, applied to the themes or subjects she works with.
More recently she made the choice to work again with photography (as it was the first visual art she trained with back in the 80s). It simply came back with the use of photographs in architectural glass for St Luke's Church windows and led to the Eco Vistas photographs and other albums.
Architectural glass is an integral part of her artwork. She worked in a variety of techniques from leaded lights, leaded and painted traditional stained glass windows, to more contemporary designs for techniques such as fusing and research with textures, casting, or experimenting with double glazing.
This has been applied to different kinds of environments, from churches, to private commissions, community based projects and public buildings.
Aesthetically, Nathalie came to explore the use of charcoal black or blue black textures keeping glass as a translucent material ( Gobowen Hospital ), all matt or satin textures of traditional glass paints in contemporary architecture ( Cyber Café, Cineworld or Pitch ), the use of fusing combined with glass paints for the most challenging illustrative aims ( Gobowen Hospital ), low relief glass or photographic materials with glass for St Luke's Church. She also worked at new designs applied to leaded lights.
Between 2003 and 2005, she had to have a bone marrow transplant.The transplant was successful and she is fully cured and all clear after five years of regular check ups.
She made two donations of artwork in return for the great care which has been given to her by the medical profession.
One work has been installed in the entrance hall of the Hamar Help and Support Centre for people with cancer and other serious illnesses. The other work will be located in the new Heamatology Day Surgery which will be built once the amount needed is raised. Both are in the grounds of the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital, Shropshire.
2008 and 2009 were about the completion of St Luke’s Church windows for the Chapel of The Virgin Mary in Grimethorpe (Yorkshire) and work at various forthcoming projects including writing and illustrating children stories. It is all presented in her news blog.
2010 has been a time for research aiming at defining a new theme for her artwork. She intends to promote this new theme in 2011 via exhibitions or applications for new architectural glass projects. One of the studies she did, was for designing Icons in the Eastern tradition of the Christian Orthodox Church. This study was complementary to the commission of the windows for St Luke's Church.
After attending many SICA Café, Nathalie has got a clearer idea of how she will illustrate her stories. She is also finally on Twitter and will give more of her time to share news via her blog too.
Indeed, 2011 is a year for her children stories(including working with children), stained glass designs or workshops with Shropshire residents,and working at her new theme Enter into the rocks and hide in the Earth with different media (including collages or photographs).