Zig-Zags is a series of gestural, glyph-like steel sculptures, inspired by West African symbolic writing systems. Zig-Zags occur in Malian chiwara masks and in ideograms, signifying a road that is not straight but contains many twists, turns and detours. The movement and lightness in these sculptures counterbalances the current heaviness and instability in the world.
Janet Goldner is a visual artist whose work explores culture, identity and social justice in various media: sculpture, photography, video, installation, social projects. Her work bridges diverse cultures, celebrating the unique beauty and genius of each as well as what we have in common. The evolution of her sculpture traces her enduring exploration of sculptural form, her ongoing relationship with African culture, and her lifelong involvement in political activism. Goldner started traveling in 1995 on a Fulbright to West Africa particularly to Mali, which she visits annually.
Exhibition highlights include Multiple Exposures and Global Africa Project at the Museum of Arts and Design; Women Facing AIDS at the New Museum, Have We Met?, a major installation at Colgate University. Permanent collections include the American Embassy in Mali, the city of Segou, Mali and the Islip Museum on Long Island, NY.