Water Mill-based artist Marsia Holzer has launched a new collection of handcarved sculptures to elevate every outdoor setting.
Artist Marsia Holzer
The work of Marsia Holzer Studio can be spotted near and far, from restaurants to residences. Lighting, furniture and sculpture are a few of the studio’s specialities, carefully crafting custom pieces for both indoors and outdoors. With a focus on repurposing natural materials, recycled metals and restored wood, Marsia Holzer Studio launched its 2021 collection of wooden sculptures, made out of founder Marsia Holzer’s Water Mill woodworking studio.
What was your inspiration behind your latest collection? First of all, I have always loved wood. At Saint Martin’s School of Art in London, I studied wood carving. My grandmother’s surname was Wood. I married Lenny Holzer; ‘holzer’ is the German word for wood. So, you can see I am very woody! The inspiration for the totems came from watching the swallows nesting outside my studio in the Hamptons. They come each year on May 1! One swallow was sitting on a dead branch, and I wanted to capture that image. I thought then of the totem pole. And after making the swallow, I made two others: the Tweety Bird and the Western totem.
What connection do you have to the Hamptons? I have been coming out to the Hamptons from New York City since 1966. I first came out with artist friends like Larry Rivers and Jack Youngerman and experienced the artists’ view of the Hamptons. The Hamptons, to me, is a very special, inspiring place. Without the noise of the city, you have the quiet to reflect and allow nature to inspire.
Why do you believe that this collection is pivotal in your career? Doing sculpture in wood, I feel that I am going full circle back to my art school training in wood sculpture. In my studio-showroom in Tribeca, I design and make furniture and lighting, which is wonderful, but my new passion is sculpture.
Wind Dog from the Outdoor capsule collection
How do you see this collection being popular among the Hamptons crowd? Many people in the Hamptons have pools and outside areas that would benefit from an interesting sculpture. Lit up at night, sculptures bring a garden to life. I have been residing in the Hamptons for many years and find it to be an inspired place to do sculpture. The Hamptons has always been a place where people respect and understand art, but lately this has become even more pronounced as many of the New York galleries have opened here. It is now a big hub for art, and people are looking more and more for inspired pieces for their homes and gardens.