developing a dialogue
between nature and human/nonhuman/more-than-human footprints

Vanessa Lustig’s work flows between psychological, cultural, and natural contexts and situations, investigating themes of human identity & culture not as separate from nature, but as part of nature.

Focusing on the representation of the human footprint concerning the natural world we are surrounded by and taught to be separate from, her resulting works explore the subtleties of emotions, intuition and non-verbal experiences that are too often overlooked in the actions of our everyday human footprints: silence, pauses, delicate beginnings of introspection, sparks of awareness.

These are her "new landscapes"- the reintegration these alienated aspects of what is human and what is culture, back into a natural context from which they originate, where separation from Nature is no longer necessary.

This persistent eco-psycho-cultural influence in her works holds a parallel to a lifetime of complete world-immersion that have left her with a permanent awareness of evolving natural & cultural landscapes and the ongoing human struggle to differentiate ourselves, to claim independence from all.

Through her works, Vanessa Lustig highlights the smaller, subtle movements of natural, cultural, and human worlds, creating works that capture these delicate yet enduring fragilities by using both delicate & sturdy materials, technologically advanced techniques & craft techniques that result in minimal, delicate, quiet, yet immersive works.


From Seascapes

Digital archival print

Found seascapes in animal entrails.
This short series that explores how the mind perceives based on digital manipulations of color and texture.


Out of Context

From Out of Context
Digital archival prints

An analogy of human existence.
Even as we deny it, we are unavoidably animal in nature.

This series is crude, and confrontational, and seeks to make a simple, strong statement in regards to our social existence:

When you find yourself out of your natural element, if you are not careful, you may find a symbolic but not less violent end.