About

In my studio – minu 2021

Minu Freitag

Minu is a writer, illustrator, print- and toy-maker, based in Wellington, New Zealand. Her writing and artwork is inspired by contemporary takes on ancient mythologies and storytelling.

Art(work)

Drawing from her experience in commercial design and architecture in Germany, minu now lives and works as an independent artist and maker in New Zealand. She sells her artwork, limited edition prints and plush objects in selected galleries and online.

Minu’s anthropomorphic characters and scenes are based on traditional archetypes: the unwilling (grumpy) and lonely hero, the companion on a journey; the dangers and shadows of the past, present and future. Even though her characters are dark and melancholic, they emit something strangely positive and uplifting. They shift their shapes, wear various skins, or live in symbioses with other beings; they often are caught between stagnation and change.

Though not addressed to children, minu’s artwork is often seen as working well with children.

Writing

Next to her artwork Minu is working on a Fantasy book series and plans to publish her first on July 28, 2020 as an eBook.

She is the first to admit that has no qualifications to write books, even fewer qualifications to write in English. Still, she asks her readers to bear with her and to follow her on a journey through a world that she knew existed ever since she saw the dark things hiding in the shadows under her bed and compared them with the darker shadows haunting the histories of more than one world. 

A Curious Nature Opening
A Curious Nature Opening

Exhibitions

  • ‘Ink’ a printmaking group show at the Collaboration in New Plymouth, April 2022
  • “The Wolf and the Fox”, new works on paper and wood, with Rieko Woodford-Robinson, November 2012
  • “Wild thing”, Group Show at Black Asterix in Auckland, November 2012
  • “A curious nature”, new works on paper and wood, with Rieko Woodford-Robinson, November 2011
  • “Fragments…”, new works on paper, wood and canvas at the New Zealand Art Show, August 2011
  • “Heads Up”, Toi Poneke Artists Annual Group Show, Wellington, May 2011
  • “In Your Dreams…”, new works on paper, Deluxe Cafe, Wellington, October 2010
  • “Head On”, Toi Poneke Artists Annual Group Show, Wellington, August 2011
  • “Fragile Shadows”, new works on paper, wood and canvas at the New Zealand Art Show, August 2010
  • “Woven Tales of Ink Silver and Silk”, Group Exhibition, Wellington, New Zealand, November 2009

Participation

  • Mail Me Art, Short and Sweet 2013, Book and Exhibition, London UK August 2013
  • Mail Me Art 2010: Medium Without a Message, Book and Exhibition, London UK August 2010
  • Crammed Organisms 2008: The world largest Plush show, Book and Exhibition, Saint Louis, USA, 2008

Minu in the Press