Full Artist Statement:
In his Book of Questions, Pablo Neruda has asked, "Why do trees conceal the splendor of their roots?"
Since 2007, I have been working on a series of large-scale metal sculptures that symbolically represent the root systems of various plants. My sculptures are site-specific or site-responsive; at times, I work from the roots themselves, which I dig out of the earth; other times, I photograph, copy, or draw roots as the basis for my work. I try to uncover the hidden beauty of roots, exploring the relationship between what grows above the ground and the invisible parts below of various root systems. My sculptures reveal what nature prefers to conceal. My wish is to uncover and discover roots even when they are hidden, indeed especially when they are hidden.
Born in Israel, Dalya Luttwak is a sculptor living and working in Washington DC. Her mostly large-scale and site-specific metal works over the past five years have concentrated on depicting the root systems of various plants.
Dalya Luttwak's work has been exhibited at the Venice Biennale, Italy (2011), Triennale Museum, Italy (2012), The Kreeger Museum, Washington, DC (2014), American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center, Washington, DC (2008), among others.