I’m thinking about sticks today.
My grandmother had a vase full of sticks that she had collected. They were all between 12 and 24 inches, a good size. She used them in flower arranging, and to prop up house plants that needed a little support. You never knew when you might need a good looking stick. My mother inherited that vase of sticks and added them to her own collection.
I had no idea the vase existed until we were cleaning out my parent’s house about a year ago. I thought they were probably trash, but was quickly shown the error of my assumption. We moved them to the new house, and my mother chided me for not having collected my own vase of sticks. How can I expect to be an adult woman, to be taken seriously, without my own jar of sticks? Well. I had no answer.
When my parents visited me this spring my dad started my collection for me. It is still small, but growing.
In my family’s estimation, this artist is truly a woman to be reckoned with.
This collection of lovely sticks and branches is by Ohio artist Olga Ziemska. She has strong cultural ties to Poland (on her website she refers to Warsaw as “the other half of heart & home”). This piece was installed at the Centre of Polish Sculpture in Oronsko, Poland. She constructed it using only local willow branches and wire to form the figure of a woman.
I love how the figure looks like she is pulling all of nature behind her like a cloak. I know this is inside, but she looks windswept.
You never know when my might just need a good looking stick. They come in handy.
all images from Olga Ziemska’s website