Beauty is an easy thing to admire, and yet it’s something that is overlooked by many. The most profound beauty is in the simplicity of life; a life that has existed long before we ever got here. The rhododendron and sandstone mountains of Appalachia have a way of calling people to her and if we listen to her subtle whisper through the leaves we might just see her secret.

Nature is the purest of innocence and through her eyes, we can learn to appreciate things like still mornings and warm breezes. This is where I like to find myself, nuzzled between a rock and a hardwood. My toes imprint deeply in the black loose soil and my lungs take in a sharp breath. Here is where I find peace, and here is where I feel like I can be me. I am Nadia, a woodland fairy of West Virginia.

Rock climbing and Yoga have helped me reconnect with my roots and to practice self-expression. In my breath I am free, and I enjoy feeling the rocks and trees breathe along with me. I feel that it is so important to stop and feel the moss and touch the flowers. Everything is so delicate, yet ferociously resilient to all the tests they are put through. I admire the flowers that I pick… how they can stay so perky as I hike with them in my hands for hours. Or the rocks that never seem to crumble, no matter how many times a climber pulls on them or how hard the weather beats down on them every day.

I used to feel like a fragile fiddle-head, and yet these wonderful plants have been in existence since the age of dinosaurs… Now I am happy to say that I feel like a fiddle-head. That I too will have a lasting impression on this Earth, that no matter how much ice, wind, or heat is laid upon my path that I will unfurl each spring and spread my fronds each summer.

About | Nadia

Always searching for the bare bone truth, Nadia Caterina explores the wilds, collecting inspiration as she travels. Most of her collection walks are initiated with a call from nature and mediation. 

Nadia is fascinated by ecological life cycles; seed, birth, blossom, decomposition, and re-birth. Her work displays nature’s stories of this cycle and the delicate balance between life and renewal. She hopes that these simple yet beautiful shapes of the natural world around us will encourage others to slow down and see the beauty that is at our feet. 

Using bones, flowers, natural textiles and even some ceramic work, Nadia explores nature’s beauty in her art. Her work began with balancing bones and feathers from hanging mobiles. Making dozens of these teetering ecological homages at her woodland cottage. She met her now-husband, a figurative sculptor, who was the first to use the word “art” towards her work. Since that day Nadia has shown her work in gallery exhibitions in Thomas, Fayetteville, and Morgantown. 

Her work has evolved into ceramics, where she is now sculpting her own bones, mushrooms, flowers, and even using pressed flora and fauna in her works. She continues to make mobiles and integrate natural fibers into her work where she can.

While she grows in her love for clay, she is also pursuing wool processing and using these local farm fibers in her work.