Tuesday, 18 February 2014
In the Kingdom of OZ
Fact one: the artist we are featuring today goes under the name of Olga Ziemska. Fact two: literally, her name Olga means “of the Earth”. Fact three: she works within the area which is now commonly known as Land Art. Fact four: she works wonders and creates magic. You may now get ready to enter the Kingdom of OZ.
Olga Ziemska, a sculptor and public artist based in Ohio, Cleveland, works in a studio by Lake Erie (a curious anagram for ‘eerie’), a fitting dwelling for someone who claims to use art as a tool to better understand the world, and whose media are mainly natural and reclaimed materials such as willow branches, salvaged birch logs, clay and plaster. Her installations herald her concerns about the bonds between humanity and Nature. In her own words, she returns to Nature through the use of natural media. Ziemska further states that her works “make the human body part of the whole and not the whole part”. Her objective is to, somehow, merge the body into Nature and to show how easy it can mesh, morph and disappear. And she adds that “the body is nothing without that which surrounds it. This is an ever-changing reflection”.