Meg Lagodzki at Momentum Gallery, Opening Feb. 29 

Rooted, Meg Lagodzki

In 2011, Meg Lagodzki underwent surgery to remove potentially cancerous growths on her thyroid. When she awoke, she couldn’t speak. Doctors assured her the problem was temporary, but after several weeks of silence, it was determined her laryngeal nerves had been damaged. Though Lagodzki finally managed a papery whisper, she couldn’t sing or shout for an entire year. Desperate for a way to express herself, she enrolled in a landscape painting class at Indiana University in Bloomington. In brushstrokes, she found her voice. Today, nearly a decade later, Lagodzki continues to capture the outside world using paint as well as collaged paper. According to a press statement from Momentum Gallery, she often focuses on “details such as lichen on trees or twisting roots and bright ferns within forest interiors or rock quarries.” This month, Lagodzki will present her ethereal imagery at the Broadway Street venue during a solo show. Momentum will also host Tommy Simpson, an Asheville-based artist who creates everything from folksy, figurative sculptures to woodblock prints. Lastly, gallery-goers can expect Works on Paper, a group exhibition spotlighting original prints by prolific makers.  

All Shows: February 29-May 4; Opening Reception: Thursday, Feb. 29, 5-8pm

Momentum Gallery / 52 Broadway St., Asheville

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