Brigitte Saugstad studied ceramics and design at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna under Prof. Mattheo Thun. After completing her studies, the artist spent several months at the College of Arts in New Delhi where she delved into the Indian mythology surrounding the elephant-headed god, Ganesha. Deeply moved and inspired by this experience, the artist has let this divine bringer of happiness dance through her hands over the years, and in all her works is woven this principle of Ganesha — the embodiment of eternal 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, summarised 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 works as an independent artist in Lower Austria and Vienna. She has presented her works in numerous galleries and exhibitions in Austria, Germany, Iran, Italy, Cyprus, the USA, Canada, China and the UK. Her work is enjoyed in private collections throughout the world. Requests for viewings in her studio can be arranged by appointment.