Olga Ziemska is a Polish-American sculptor and public artist who creates sculptures and art installations using various natural objects. In one of her ongoing projects titled Stillness in Motion: The Matka Series, the artist creates beautiful sculptures of women using tree branches and the results are absolutely breathtaking.
The artist says that the idea to start the project came to her while traveling to Poland back in 2003. She created the first sculpture during her residency at the Centre of Polish Sculpture in Oronsko, Poland, and decided to continue making the figures after noticing that her work resonated with people.
Polish-American sculptor Olga Ziemska creates stunning sculptures using natural objects
Olga is currently interested in the idea of how the natural environment and the natural native materials used to make each of her sculptures would affect the appearance and tone of each piece.
During the years, Olga has created sculptures all over the world, like Romania and Korea, and always tries to use materials native to the country. “I think that the natural environment and materials of a given country or area will reflect through the work and may shed light on how our natural surroundings affect us and help us in the creation of our culture and identity,” says the artist. “It may show indications of how our environment is us, and makes us who we are.”
“The world around me offers all the materials, elements and conditions that I need to create work and be inspired.” says Olga. “I think that paying attention, staying open and receptive, and keeping an inquisitive perspective that is full of awe about the world around you, is key to creativity and the creative process.”
Olga says she’s an endless observer. “I am often the outsider looking in, left to quietly peer into the world turning around me with a sensitive perception to moments when interesting and newly discovered connections are made and new ideas spring forth,” says the artist.
Olga adds that as an artist, her function is to see these moments as often as possible, recognize them, and synthesize them into a physical or observable form. “The process of creating in and of itself is deeply inspiring,” says the artist.