Louise Nienaber

I have very little interest in painting. I am not sure why, but I have never connected with it. There is something about the feeling of drawing that I love. The contact that you make with the paper. The scratchiness. If feels as if you are sculpting the paper, rather than adding a medium on top of it. Sometimes I am quite certain that the drawing already exists under the surface. And if I scratch enough, I will be able to free it.

About Louise Nienaber:

Louise was born in Windhoek, Namibia in 1981. Although she enjoyed drawing and creating as a child, it was only towards the end of her high school years that the passion truly took hold. In a last-minute decision, she altered her university application, turning away from the sciences and towards the arts. In 1999, Louise began studying a Bachelor of Fine Art at Rhodes University in South Africa, where she was often taunted with the question – “what are you going to do with art??”

To placate the cynics (including the one in her head) she majored in photography, which seemed a more “practical” skill. In 2002 she graduated, but still spurred on by the question, “what are you going to do with art?” she enrolled in a Diploma of Film and Television Production Techniques at City Varsity in Cape Town.

After completing the 3 year diploma, Louise began her career in the Television industry. After 4 years of working as an TV editor in Cape Town, she began slowly to be swallowed by the fear that she was not fulfilling her life’s passion. And so, she returned to art.

What followed was approximately 5 years in which she focused on her drawing. Luckily, her family members awarded her a large commission for a Lodge in Namibia, which kept her very busy.

However, the time finally came when she had to become more “practical” again, and she took the opportunity to work in property management. Although property management initially consumed all her time, Louise has again been making an effort to devote more of her time to art.

“It’s something that seems to follow me around, tapping me on the shoulder from time to time, quietly reminding me that it’s there”.

Artist’s Statement:

I have very little interest in painting. I am not sure why, but I have never connected with it. There is something about the feeling of drawing that I love. The contact that you make with the paper. The scratchiness. If feels as if you are sculpting the paper, rather than adding a medium on top of it. Sometimes I am quite certain that the drawing already exists under the surface, and if I scratch enough, I will be able to free it. My themes are usually quite spiritual, but I interested in a grounded form of spiritual art. I practice yoga and meditation, and I have a huge interest in the human body.

Perhaps I should have studied Biology after all?