THE ICON: Lin Emery
THE LEGACY: There’s no overlooking Lin Emery’s legacy. Her large, gleaming metal sculptures adorn public spaces, private collections and museums throughout New Orleans, the product of a career that started when, as a 23-year-old, she wandered into the studio of Parisian sculptor Ossip Zadkine and on a whim inquired about lessons. He took her on, and her career as a sculptor had begun. Although many of Emery’s pieces are made of metal, they appear light enough to move with the wind. Indeed, many are designed to do just that, as well as through water power, magnetic power and electric motors, making her distinctive sense of graceful artistry a truly kinetic part of the New Orleans landscape.
THE ARTIST: Alexandra Kilburn
THE INSPIRATION: “Sculpture is living, it’s vital, it’s changeable. Even when you walk around it, it can be something different. Drawing is a reflection and coordinating eye and hand, but sculpture is your mind and an idea.” — Lin Emery, in “Lin Emery” by Philip F. Palmedo