Introduced in 2009 by her radio interviewer as, "a modern-day renaissance woman," Vanessa Tiegs began her creative career as a ballerina. At age 15, she was the youngest dancer to join the Zurich Ballet, performing on world-class stages Kennedy Center and Metropolitan Opera House, with Russian legend, Rudolf Nureyev, in 1983.
Before publishing Menstrala, she was an accomplished ballet coach, classical pianist, poet, architectural model builder, interior designer and calligrapher. She also is a licensed Getty Images photographer, and holds a Phi Beta Kappa Cum Laude Bachelor of Arts degree from Smith College as well as a Masters Degree.
From 1991-99, she resided in The Netherlands and travelled throughout Europe visiting famous ancient archaeological sites in Malta, Crete, Sardinia, Prague, France, Great Britain, and Spain. Her passion for learning led her to study Hellenistic, Vedic, Karmic and Evolutionary astrology. Her combined use of vectors and cyclical analysis play a role in her invention of Monthmatics, the visual system plotting life events into cyclical contexts.
Silverfish Spirits, painted in September 2000, is the genesis of the Menstrala collection, completed in 2003.
Galaxy Crossing, and several other Menstrala paintings, have appeared in international documentary films:
Period: The End of Menstruation?
Moon Inside You
A Flowering Tree
In 2009, rock star Dave Navarro, the guitarist from Jane's Addiction and The Red Hot Chili Pepper Band, visited the artist's San Francisco studio where they filmed a Menstrala art collab.
As part of a social art experiment by a Navy crew member, prints of Timandra & Bulis were twice displayed on board the USS Kitty Hawk aircraft carrier in the summer of 2003.
"Within the wake of Medusa's distilled blood drops, Chrysaor and Pegasus pierce the vast veil of their Aunt Athena's vengeance.
Their Father, giant Ocean God Poseidon, mysterious as the deepest sleep, exhales rain-dreams down on Earth's mortals by night.
Their beheaded mother, Medusa, purest Beauty forsaken, screams in petrified rocks holding the Memories of having been gracefully alive.
Gifted with unbound fearless freedom, Pegasus gallops into eternal flight, pioneering the Ether of Light for those with eyes to see, hearts to feel, and minds to envision all his majesty and inspiration from past to future."
The artist’s last Menstrala, No. 88, painted in 2003 and entitled The Decoder, features her menstrual blood conclusively turned into gold.
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