by Peggy Harrison
U.Va. groundskeeper assisted with the installation of Emilie
Brzezinskis exhibition at the U.Va. Art Museum. At left
is a detail of the artists Forest, 2003,
seven pieces of white oak.
Artist goes with the grain
Since the mid-1980s, Emilie Brzezinski has carved sculptural
forms from felled trees, which she takes to her studio in McLean.
Using a variety of tools chainsaws, chisels, chains and
ropes she sculpts enormous pieces of wood, uncovering their
essential forms. Often retaining the vertical structure of the
original, she shows her own marks on the wood, emphasizing the
importance of the process as much as the product.
lovers can see how Brzezinskis work takes on both metaphoric
(the tree as life experience) and anthropomorphic (the tree as
human) meanings in her exhibit at the University
Art Museum June 28 through Sept. 7. Emilie Brzezinski:
New Directions will feature a selection of the artists
chairs, bowls and hanging forms.
The exhibit is sponsored by the Rosenstiel Foundation and the
University of Virginia Arts Council.
part of the exhibition, the museum has invited Brzezinski to work
with Judith Shatin, an internationally known composer and member
of the U.Va. music faculty, to create a related musical piece.
This effort received partial support from the Virginia Commission
for the Arts.
museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. For details,
call 924-3592 or visit the Web site http://www.virginia.edu/artmuseum/.