Local Sculptor Exhibits 'A Life Unravelled' at St Albans Cathedral

A sculpture entitled ‘A Life Unravelled’ by local artist Susan Brzeski is currently being exhibited at St Albans Cathedral. The work is inspired by the movement of people around the world due to war, terror and poverty and represents the pain, despair, and loss felt by them, as well as the strength, hope and determination to continue and find a new life.

The artist, Susan Brzeski said of the sculpture: “So many lives, homes and families are being left behind along with possessions and memories. The stark whiteness of the work reflects the anonymity of these people travelling with only the clothes on their back. I hope that the sculpture will provoke thought among viewers.”

The sculpture, which is being displayed in the north transept of the Cathedral, is accompanied by a book in which visitors are invited to write down any thoughts they have when viewing it.

The Dean of St Albans, the Very Reverend Dr Jeffrey John said: “It is wonderful for the Cathedral to host such a beautiful and thought provoking work of art and we are delighted to be supporting a local artist. I hope it will have the intended effect of stimulating our imagination and compassion for refugees in the current crises who have lost everything and look to us for help.”

The sculpture will be on display in the Cathedral until 20th March. Visitors are welcome to make a donation to Oxfam, which is responding to many emergency situations around the world, by visiting a Just Giving page set up by the artist. For further information and opening times please visit


Susan Brzeski

Susan has always had a great interest in art and was introduced to sculpture 15 years ago when she embarked on a stone carving course. She subsequently continued to learn how to use a variety of materials and now works mainly with sculptor’s plaster, wire, textiles, paper maché and occasionally clay.

As well as a sculptor, Susan is a keen supporter of Oxfam and volunteers her time running the Arts section at Oxfam bookshop in St Albans. She hopes that this sculpture will provoke thought among viewers and will encourage people to donate to the charity which is responding to many emergency situations around the world by providing water, shelter, food and thus hope.

Susan’s initial career was as a paediatric nurse at Great Ormond Street hospital. She then moved into Specialist Play and worked with bereaved families in their homes and also in hospitals with children suffering from life limiting illnesses. Susan has always used art with these children and has developed a great interest in using art in a therapeutic setting.

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