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Dialogue with Wood

23. March 2002 - 31. May 2002 Curator: Meda Mládek

Emilie Brzezinski perceives wood as a sculptural material creating part of nature. Initially, she developed her figurative concepts in wood, shaping it into human semblance, seeking alternatives to its natural forms. Grad­ually, her sculptures acquired natural forms and the wood retained its naturalness. Her sculptures soar as mysterious totems on a mission. Although their surface is sometimes hollowed quite thinly, they are very impressive. Their slightly curved bodies seem to rotate around their non-existent axes. She achieved a minimal form: its monumentality may recall Rodin’s Balzac draped in a cloak. As a parallel to the greatness of the human spirit, she chiselled in her walking Forest the grandeur of the spirit of nature – a space for silent meditation. Consisting of 38 massive trunks of a large variety of wood, the installation shows a diversity of nature, cultivated and damaged by human intervention, yet preserving its inner essence.