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Exhibit Review: Trees" in It Frysk Skildershus, March 2013

A newspaper review from of my exhibit "Trees" with fellow FAFA artist, Corina Blom:

The exhibition "Trees" in It Frysk Skildershus in Leeuwarden shows exactly what the title promises. A lot of trees, but of unprecedented beauty.

The American Linda Rzoska - who wields a fairylike style - names trees as friends of her youth. She speaks timidly about the 'spiritual connection' she feels with trees, but she is able to translate this unnameable bond in very authentic images that are as dreamy as they are mysterious.

As a child she used to search refuge in the bark, trunk and branches to escape the world. As an adult (and artist) she still seems to do that, and now she allows us to be witnesses. It makes her part of the exhibit an intimate walk through the forest and a personal acquaintance with different characters, because Rzoska's trees are guards, patrons and ancient counselors in one.

Totally different is the work of fellow exhibiter Corina Blom from Gorredijk. Trees are approached more like landscapes, or are above all compositional elements that divide an image in vertical pieces. She clearly prefers bare trees and she found her inspiration during her many car rides to or from work (and the other way around), which immediately explains the topographic titles of her paintings. In a few works she is able to show an atmosphere that lifts the whole to a higher plain. But where Rzoska approaches the tree from the inside, Blom mainly shows the outside.

Susan van den Berg.
Leeuwarder Courant vrijdag 22 maart 2013

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