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Mona Zimen, an artist in Bavaria, Germany, recently notified the VWoolf Listserve that she has created an outdoor bronze sculpture of Virginia Woolf. Along with her notice, she sent photos of the bust that she had taken in her garden.

Here is her message:

Because of my research in the Internet over Virginia Woolf I suspect that there is a sculptural monument only of one artist so far and also for me as a sculptress. I had the big personal wish to portray her. During the last months I created a sculpture for outside in the size for a big garden, park or a public place.

Woolf bust 2

copyright by Mona Zimen

Woolf bust

copyright by Mona Zimen

This is not the first bust of Woolf to be sculpted in recent years. Valentina Mazzei created a bronze bust of Woolf in 2010 that was displayed at the 20th Annual International Annual Conference on Virginia Woolf: Woolf and the Natural World that year.

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Virginia Woolf & the Natural World: An Exhibition in Conjunction with the 20th Annual International Annual Conference on Virginia Woolf: Woolf and the Natural World is scheduled for May 13 -June 9 at the Anne Wright Wilson Fine Arts Gallery at Georgetown College in Georgetown, Ky.

The hours and schedule

The exhibit is free and open to the public. Hours are Monday through Friday, noon-4:30 p.m. and by appointment. Special hours during the conference weekend are  June 3, 6:30-8:30 p.m.; June 4 and 5, noon-5 p.m.; and June 6, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. For an appointment, contact the gallery via e-mail at galleries@georgetowncollege.edu or by phone at 502-863-8173.

The exhibition of fine art, rare books and other printed material has been curated by Dr. Juilee Decker, chair of the art department at Georgetown College. The juried show features 32 pieces, many for sale, by regional, national and international artists.

Free exhibition events include:

  • Opening reception on June 3, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Closing reception and keynote address by Diana Swanson of Northern Illinois University on June 6, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

The art on exhibit

Virginia Woolf bust by Valentina Mazzei

A range of works include representations of Woolf in the following media:

  • a bronze bust
  • a drawing of the author created in one sitting and using more than 20 pencils
  • a digital print from several perspectives
  • an oil on panel.

Artwork responding to Woolf’s writing and the conference theme include:

  • a visual tribute to The Waves
  • abstract and representational mixed media on panel
  • acrylic and graphite on paper
  • watercolor landscapes
  • digital prints that blend word and image
  • several finely woven works that incorporate white oak, reed, maple, macaw and copper
  • a six-foot wide installation of carved wooden leaf-like forms arranged in a circle on the floor with a 12-inch opening in the center that subtly suggests the void from where a tree trunk might emerge.

The artists

Artists whose work was selected for the exhibition are: Bill Andrus (Lexington, Ky.), Jennifer Barnett Hensel (Altadena, Calif.), Ashley Bell (Baton Rouge, La.), Diana S. Brennan (Greenville, R.I.), Herb Goodman (Richmond, Ky.), Mille Guldbeck (Bowling Green, Ohio), John Higdon (Pensacola, Fla.), Cynthia Kukla (Bloomington, Ill.), Lauren Garber Lake (Gainsville, Fla.), Liz Lee (Fredonia, N.Y.), George Lorio (Brownsville, Texas), Valentina Mazzei (Rome, Italy), Linda Stein (New York, N.Y.), and Kim Rae Taylor (Cincinnati, Ohio).

In addition, two works by Isota Tucker Epes (1918-2009) have been lent from the collection of J. J. Wilson.

The printed work on display

The Hogarth Press housed at Sissinghurst

Printed material will be on view from private and public collections, including the Special Collections Library at the University of Kentucky, the Ekstrom Library at the University of Louisville and the Cincinnati Public Library.

First editions published in London and New York will be displayed, including a number of works printed by the Woolfs and at the Hogarth Press:

  • Woolf’s Common Reader (Hogarth Press, 1925)
  • Monday or Tuesday with woodcuts by Vanessa Bell (Hogarth Press, 1921)
  • the sketch of Kew Gardens, number 12 in an edition of 500 copies decorated by Vanessa Bell.

The publications disclose, further, the range of activity printed by the Woolfs on behalf of the Bloomsbury Group, including Roger Fry (The Artist and Psycho-Analysis, 1924). Works by a larger circle of intellectuals will be included in this exhibition. Included are the work of John Carl Flugel, whose The Psychology of Clothes was published by the Institute of Psycho-Analysis in 1930.

Of special mention is the collection of Victorian photographs taken by Julia Margaret Cameron and printed by Leonard and Virginia Woolf at their press in 1926.

The conference

Cecil Woolf

While the exhibition and closing keynote are free and open to the public, a full slate of speakers and presentations is available to conference attendees.

Noted scholars Bonnie Kime Scott  of San Diego State University, Carrie Rohman of Lafayette College and Christina Alt of the University of Ottawa will offer keynote addresses.

In addition, Cecil Woolf, publisher of the Bloomsbury Heritage Series and a nephew of Leonard and Virginia Woolf, will give a talk.

Registration and more information

The deadline for advance registration is April 25. After that date, the registration fee will increase $30. Individuals interested in hearing conference talks may take advantage of daily, on-site registration at $55 per day.

Fuller conference details are available from the conference organizer, Dr. Kristin Czarnecki at Kristin_Czarnecki@georgetowncollege.edu.

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