Wild (Wo)men, Commodified Forests: Matter and Myth in German Sculpture - online

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Trace the history of limewood carving in southern Germany in this talk by Dr Ruth Ezra.

Early in her career, Paloma Varga Weisz spent three years training as a limewood carver in Bavaria. Learning this traditional craft opened up new possibilities in her sculptural practice. It also connected her - and her work - to the celebrated history of limewood carving in southern German art.

This talk begins by looking back half a millennium at limewood sculpture produced north of the Alps, c.1500. As we journey into the forested hinterlands of Franconia in search of trunks to carve, we will encounter other traditional materials that feature in Weisz’s art.

But the forests of southern Germany provided sculptors with more than just matter. They were the stuff of myth: in their shadows lurked hairy wild men. It is against this background of a natural world at once commodified and mythologised that we will consider the formation and deformation of sculpted bodies such as Weisz’s Woman of the Forest, Wild Bunch, Bumpman, and Deer, Standing, among others.


Wild (Wo)men, Commodified Forests: Matter and Myth in German Sculpture
Dr Ruth Ezra

Live discussion

Wednesday 2 December, 6pm

Dr Ezra will address questions submitted by the audience either live or in advance. This session will take place on Zoom.

Questions for can be submitted in three ways: you can email a question in advance to research@henry-moore.org, reach us on Twitter using the hashtag #HMIWildWomen, or ask questions during the event by using the Chat function on Zoom.

About the speaker

Dr Ruth Ezra is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at University of Southern California. She has received research grants from The British Museum, Villa I Tatti, Gerda Henkel Stiftung and Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte, among others. In 2017, she held a Visiting Research Fellowship at the Henry Moore Institute.

Venue details

Venue address

Henry Moore Institute
The Headrow
United Kingdom
T: 0113 246 7467

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