Nina Kawar: Healing Art
In the quiet mountains of Marshall NC, Nina Kawar produces fragile and intricate art sculptures that reflect the human condition and healing.
>> Art for me is a way for me to express myself, my emotions
and tap into my soul in many ways.
I didn't understand it but through years
of making it where I really come to understand why I create.
In many ways I do believe it's my purpose
not only to help heal myself.
The process of it is very medicative and therapeutic
but also I do believe that my work shares a message
and helps others
and a reflection of what they need to see in themselves.
The reflection of my art is
ultimately about the human condition and healing.
We all go through a process in life
whether it's pain or discomfort or joy or growth
It's constant change in our lives
and in many ways the work is speaking
to that that liminal space
in which we find ourselves transitioning through something
that might be uncomfortable into something that is
going to allow us to feel more connected to ourselves.
I don't formally look at anything for inspiration.
I don't go to nature to be, "I want this to inspire my work."
But in many ways nature is more about me finding
also that quiet space to allow for me to come into my work.
The quietness that nature has for us
it's like silent reminders
to be, I mean, a flower is gonna be a flower right?
But as far as formal inspiration
I'm just really intrigued in the growth
and the change that nature goes through the process
to go through.
I've been an artist probably for about 11 years now.
I entered into the world of creating I guess you can say.
I was about 20, 25 years old or so, I was in a marriage
and I was at a point where I was ready
to return back to school and in a difficult time in my life
as well and I took a course that helped me realize
that I should explore creating
and I took a clay class and it changed my world.
I was able to immerse myself in material
and it was a form of expression that was new to me.
[water dripping] water gushing, flowing]
Being in nature is much like the space
in which I find myself when I'm creating.
It's quiet and very much a meditative space.
I allow myself to connect with
nature in that I'm surrendering and being present in the moment.
Same thing as when I'm sculpting or carving.
I'm a vessel.
I allow spirit to work through me,
and it's my job to listen.
It's a beautiful place to be.
I truly believe that we are all capable of healing.
This comfort brings transformation and growth.
My process of creating helps me grow closer to my higher self
through that healing process of creating
and the formal aspects of my work.
When someone's looking at my work
I do hope that they can gather the beauty in that growth
and that change.
Even though something might be fractured or scarred
It makes us stronger.