Hi, I'm Sieglinde! (pronounced seeglinduh)
I'm a creative thinker, an artist and an art-to-wear designer on top.
My story might inspire you to think more about your own ...
IMAGINE ... you come home at night. You turn your key in the lock, open the door, and the first thing you see is a beautiful piece of original art that welcomes you home.
You drop your bag, take off your shoes and walk over to take a closer look. You soak in its beauty, you discover surprising details you hadn’t even noticed before. Wow!
A boost of dopamine floods your brain, and you ... smile.
It was a crazy busy day at work, but now you are HOME and you feel PEACEFUL, HAPPY.
That is how I want you to feel when you bring my artwork into your home.
And that same feeling applies when my work jumps out of its frame and onto your body as a piece of art that you can wear.
Imagine the mirror finally reflecting what you knew was on the inside all along ... a UNIQUE individual with a SELF-CONFIDENT presence and a sophisticated, magnetic allure.
My story and how it relates to my work, and to you.
I create rather dreamy, veiled and layered images that may resemble a true to life scene, but ultimately serve to construct a new idea of what could also be real. In other words: what else is possible? It is an open invitation for you to define and re-define what is in front of you. Not just what you see, but how you feel as well.
In the end, it is all about defining NEW REALITIES, and new identities. Not in the sense of "who are you," but rather "WHO CAN YOU BE?"
Truth is I never gave the idea of “identity” - let alone my own identity – much thought until I migrated from Europe to the US and my most official source of identification became an alien registration number. Quite sobering, though easy enough to laugh away when put into its due bureaucratic perspective.
Much more poignant was the fact that I arrived here with a firmly rooted background, including a good sense of who I was and what I stood for, or so I thought. It didn’t take long for me to realize I was not able to fully transplant Sieglinde in Europe, to Sieglinde in the US.
I had to adapt to a new society and RE-IMAGINE who I was along the way ... including who I wanted—or could be—on this side of the ocean.
It became an interesting journey in debating which new values to adopt, which old beliefs to shed and which “idea of me” was most AUTHENTIC and REAL. After 21 years, I realize I have become a tourist in both places, my home country and my new home base alike.
Geographical relocations aside, I am also the most conscious “state of me” I have ever been which unapologetically paved a highway to personal empowerment, fulfillment and SUCCESS. If I can do this, so can you.
Imagine the powerful catalyst my work can be in your life ...
Sieglinde Van Damme is an internationally exhibiting artist specialized in lens-based media. Over the course of her 17+ year career, she participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions spanning the US, Europe, Russia, and Japan.
In 2017 Sieglinde launched studiosiegXclusive, an art-to-wear clothing and accessories line based on her photographic work, which won the prestigious Leigh Weimer’s Award in 2018.
Sieglinde received multiple awards for her work, highlights including:
- 2009 “Lorenzo di Medici Award” at the Contemporary Art Biennale in Florence (Italy);
- 2014 Belle Foundation Individual Grant for artistic merit in California
- 2018 Leigh Weimers Artist Awards in San Jose, CA
- 2019 Grant from the San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs' Creative Industries Incentive Fund through the Center for Cultural Innovation
Her work and writings have been published in various catalogs and media publications both in the US and in Europe. Her art is included in numerous private and corporate collections, including Sotheby’s Realty in France - Monaco.
Sieglinde holds an MS Economics from the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium) and an MFA in Photography from San Jose State University.