About Vanessa Tiegs, artist and creative mentor
Artist Vanessa Tiegs grew up in midtown New York City during the 1970s and 80s and began her artistic career in the performing arts at the age of ten, performing on the Metropolitan Opera House stage at Lincoln Center with American Ballet Theatre. By age fifteen, she turned professional performing with the Zurich Ballet Company of Switzerland in 1983 under the artistic direction of the late great ballet legend of the 20th-century, Rudolf Nureyev.
Vanessa Tiegs is the creator of several large bodies of art works: Spiraling Moon, Menstrala, Miniarcs, and VeryViVi. Today, Vanessa brings her creative intensity to mentoring students from all around the world. Whether imparting her knowledge of classical ballet techniques and stage artistry to aspiring dancers or sharing her astrological insights about cyclical evolutionary progress through life, Vanessa shows each of her students a hidden world of meticulous details at great inner depths. Helping her students transform their talent into a mastery of impeccable high quality standards is her chief aim as a creative mentor.
1985 Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
1989 Phi Beta Kappa Cum Laude Smith College, Major in Architecture, Minor in Music Theory
2001 Masters Degree in Women's Spirituality, New College of California
1995 to the present, dedicated astrological studies
2000 to the present, creator and teacher of Spiraling Moon
Vanessa's Artistic Creations:
Vanessa's Menstrala have appeared in a number of academic journals throughout the world since 2003, as well as several San Francisco art galleries, and an experimental exhibit onboard the U.S.S. Kitty Hawk. Her Menstrala have already been featured in five international film productions, the latest one soon to be released in 2014 across Europe, entitled "The Moon Inside You" by Diana Fabianova.
Vanessa's Miniarcs have been featured in two magazine publications and several online miniature blog websites.
At the very heart of Vanessa's life is her joyous loyal companion, Vivi, international golden retriever coverpup for Dancers Love Dogs, a rapidly growing not-for-profit organization founded by Brigitte Reeve-Taylor in 2012, which donates 100% proceeds to neutering and spaying underprivileged homeless dogs in South Africa, of which over 2,000 animals have been helped to date.
Today, Vanessa lives in Las Vegas, Nevada. She mentors students privately via Skype. Currently she is in the early stages of creating a new life work exposition narrating a passage of time she calls our "Galaxy Crossing." More about this project to be announced later.
Previous interviews the artist has given over the years are accessible on this website. For further inquiries, please contact the artist here.
I see my art seamlessly through each and every medium that I frequent -- from my early life as a professional ballet dancer to the development of my current art work. My experience as a classical ballet dancer has truly touched everything I've ever created, from Miniarcs to Menstrala and to mentoring others.
I coined the word Menstrala as the name for my collection of 88 original paintings that I created over the course of three
years. Menstrala affirm the hidden forbidden bright red renewal cycle and embrace
the wonders of womanhood. I chose to address menstruation visually and to elaborate artistically on this part of life we choose to forget because it is kept hidden even though it is an intimate
cyclical connection women have with the cosmos.
May the word Menstrala become universal, just like our cycles.
I have donated proceeds from the sale of my prints and originals, but at this present time, none of my art works are for sale.