Mika and Emilie Brzezinski
Mika Brzezinski talks with her mother, Emilie, about her art and her new book, "The Lure of the Forest," on Saturday, May 10 at 4:00 p.m. in the Adrian Lamb Room. A Mother's Day treat for everyone.
The Lure of the Forest is a spectacular monograph – a photographic review of Ms. Brzezinski’s entire career, including special sculpture exhibits from installations around the world. At the beginning of her career she worked in a variety of media, including plastics, latex, and wood fiber, with her themes always related to nature. Eventually, she turned her focus entirely on large wood sculpture, using a chain saw and an axe to carve forms that transformed found wood into living, monumental works of art. Highlights of the book include Forest (1997–2005), a monumental work composed of 46 tree trunks, and Family Trees (2010–2013), in which she combines sculpture and photography to create a vivid portrait of her family members. The Lure of the Forest illuminates her love of nature and the inspiration it has provided.
Emilie Brzezinski was born in Geneva, Switzerland, immigrated to the United States and grew up in California. She graduated from Wellesley College in Massachusetts with a degree in Art History. A renowned international artist, her installations and work are included in both permanent collections and in temporary exhibitions in prestigious museums and galleries in Europe, Asia and America. A large display of Brzezinski's sculptures will be exhibited at Washington D.C.'s Kreeger Museum, opening September 2014. Her work has also been exhibited in Washington D.C’s Corcoran Gallery. Emilie Brzezinski currently resides in Northern Virginia with her husband.