Foggy Bottom is one of the oldest late 18th and 19th–century neighborhoods in Washington, D.C.Today it is an architectural mixture of clean lined modern apartment buildings, office buildings interlaced between old, mostly small, townhouses.As the name of this exhibition suggests, I chose to address and reveal the history of this old row of eleven attached townhouses, each one different in design, using the front patio of one.For the last several years, I have been working on a series of large-scale metal sculptures that symbolically represent the root systems of various plants. I wish to uncover the hidden beauty of roots, exploring the relationship between what grows above the ground and the invisible parts below and to uncover and discover roots precisely because they are hidden. Thus my sculptures reveal what nature prefers to conceal. My sculptures are site-specific or site-responsive. I often work from the roots themselves, which I dig out of the earth, but in other cases I photograph or draw roots as the basis for my work.A taproot is a very large, somewhat straight to tapering plant root that grows downward. It forms a center from which other roots sprout laterally. Plants with taproots are difficult to transplant. In the installation and for this site, I chose to depict tap roots of five different plants trying to symbolically emphasize the characteristics of taproot as it relates to the diversity of the historical population of Foggy Bottom and its continuation to this day.- Dalya Luttwak
Sculpted: Histories Revealed (2014 Exhibition)
In addition to her 2014 exhibition entry, Dalya Luttwak's "Alfalfa Root at 4.5 Months Old" was featured in the 2012 Arts in Foggy Bottom exhibition It's Alive! Dalya Luttwak's metal sculpture climbs, like an out-of-control weed, up the facade of a house in Foggy Bottom.
Sculpting Outside the Lines (2012 Exhibition)
Take a video tour of “Alfalfa Root at 4.5 Months Old” at the 2012 Arts in Foggy Bottom Exhibition.
About the Artist:
Dalya Luttwak was born in the Northern Galilee, Israel. She was educated at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and lives and works as a sculptor in Chevy Chase, Maryland. Luttwak’s latest series is primarily large-scale, vividly colored, steel structures based on actual plant roots. Her most recent sculptures are site-specific or site-responsive, dynamically adapted to the indoor or outdoor environments for which they are designed. Luttwak's Roots have been displayed in solo exhibitions at the Triennale Museum, Milan, Italy; the Kreeger Museum, Washington DC; the Arsenale, Venice, Italy (on the occasion of the 54th International Venice Biennale); James Madison University's Sawhill Gallery; and American University Museum's Katzen Arts Center. Her group exhibitions include those held at the Historical Society of Washington, DC; the Greater Reston Arts Center; the Art Museum of the Americas; and the U.S. Botanic Garden.
Her forthcoming Red Root was commissioned by the Guttuso Museum for the facade of this historic, 18th century villa-turned-museum set in Bagheria, Sicily, Italy. Luttwak has served as Visiting Artist and Guest Critic in the School of Art and Art History at James Madison University and as a Board Member of the Washington Sculptors Group. Her work has been the subject of several exhibition catalogs and has been reviewed in Sculpture, Art Papers, and dozens of American and Italian publications.