Muys’ home in Silver Spring, Maryland, is adjacent to a creek and surrounded by gardens and wildlife. She also owns a second home and studio on the water on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Her carborundum intaglio prints are close observation of flowers and objects found in both environments and express a deep and peaceful connection to the natural world. Wanderlust is a theme of her monoprints, which take the viewer to Italy, Germany, Maine, and California.
Most of the work in Nina Muys’ May, 2017 exhibit at Washington Printmakers Gallery, Up Close and Far Away, was done with carborundum intaglio, a non-toxic method she invented. The process mimics aquatint and has a soft and painterly quality. Her mono prints are created using plexiglass. A watercolor sketch of the scene is placed under the plexiglass and traced with an engraving tool. The plate is then inked up with rollers and wiped with cheesecloth.
Born in Austria, Nina Muys is a founding member of the Washington Printmakers Gallery and has shown her work locally and internationally for 40 years. Her most recent retrospective was at the Austrian Embassy in 2008 and solo shows at WPG in 2017 and 2014. Her work is in numerous collections such as the University of Maryland, the National Institutes of Health, and the Museum of Women in the Arts.