A group of six sculptures from the International Sculpture Symposium held during the annual Canadian National Exhibition in August of 2005 now line the northeast lawn of the Enercare Centre. The theme for the artistic creation for the symposium was: “Personal experience with nature in the context of Canada’s natural environment and its geographical position.” The objective of the symposium was to initiate artistic and cultural co-operation between sculptors of different background.
Anna Bem-Borucka from Poland was 1 of 10 artists to participate in the Symposium. Anna carved two pillars from limestone. Each one measuring 40 cm x 90 cm and 2.45 metres high, placed very close together. Each pillar has deep, closely spaced horizontal saw cuts, 1 to 3 cm apart, on its entire outside surface so that the pillar appears to be made of loose natural layers.
Born in 1955 in Sopot, Poland, Anna studied sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdansk, Poland from 1975-1980. Since 1990 she has been a lecturer at the Department of Sculpture at the same university. In 1994, Anna led the Laboratory of Sculpture at the Faculty of Architecture and Design at the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdansk. Since 2008 she has worked in the Interdepartmental Studies Institute of the Arts. It deals with sculpture, drawing and photography. She has participated in numerous exhibitions and symposiums in Poland and abroad (France, Tunisia, Morocco, Russia, Georgia, Armenia, Italy, Spain, Netherlands, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Greece and Sweden).
Her work in stone has been described as “. . . a clear clash between two basic elements: the intellectual and the sensual side hidden in the human nature . . . she tames the nature of the stone, without violating it, only by discreetly adding new meanings and values, enhancing its sensual vitality and – at the same time – mysticism and spirituality . . . “J. Kamrowski (Custodian of Archaeological Museum, Poland).
Currently Anna Bem-Borucka is a professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdansk, Poland - Inter-Faculty Department of Art History and Art Theory. The work of Anna Bem-Borucki is held in private collections and museums in such countries as Poland, Germany, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands, Sweden and France.
Anna Bem-Borucka, working on her sculpture at the CNE in 2005