Reception: Saturday, May 4 from 2pm to 4pm
The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center and the Margaret W. & Joseph L. Fisher Art Gallery is pleased to present the solo exhibition, “Shape of Memories: Sculptures by Norma Schwartz”. The exhibition will run from April 27th, , 2019 – June 9th, 2019 with a public exhibition reception on Saturday, May 4th, 2019 2-4PM.
Norma Schwartz was born in Argentina at the end of the World War and the atrocities of the event have been present through out her life. After starting her practice as a psychoanalyst and raising a family, she emigrated to Spain in the 1970’s. In Spain, she became involved in women’s issues from a psychoanalytic perspective and at the same time explored artistic languages of expressions. She moved to the United States in the middle 80’s while keeping her practice as a psychoanalyst and pursing her new passion: sculpture.
“As a sculptor, developing techniques, exploring new materials, creating new ways of inhabiting a three-dimensional space, realizing the importance of light, gave me the opportunity to express what for me was impossible to express in a different language; a language with no words.
The teaching of psychoanalysis is also present in my work, and reflects, when naming each piece, a need to make a mark with a word that symbolized my curiosity and passion for the theoretical knowledge.
My work as a sculptor is shaped by my experience as a psychoanalyst. I travel from one place to another – from my office to my studio – taking with me ideas of a space that one occupies in the relationship with the other. In this way, sculpting becomes a way of symbolizing and telling stories through abstract memories.”
Norma’s sculptures are wood and stone. The pieces create a powerful and protective presence in the Fisher gallery. While modern stylistically, they call to mind ancient monuments. “Shape of Memories” is Norma’s first solo exhibition in the United States.
The Schlesinger Center is located at 4915 East Campus Drive, Alexandria, VA. Public hours are Monday through Friday from 10am – 5Pm. For additional information about art shows and concert hall events, Contact the Gallery Director, Mary Welch Higgins at firstname.lastname@example.org.