An Exhibition of Marian Woodcarvings by
Exhibited at the Marian Library: January 18 - February 25, 1994
Joachim Wagner has lived in the United
States since 1956, after fleeing the former
East Germany. He received his master's degree
in horticulture in 1962 from Rutger's
University and pursued a career in
environmental engineering for nearly thirty
Mr. Wagner learned woodcarving as a young boy from his father, making
wood-carved ornaments in his hometown of Bautzen, Germany. He, in turn, taught
his own children to carve.
Since his retirement in 1989, Mr. Wagner
has carved over fifty madonnas. The small
madonna carvings usually take between thirty
and forty hours of work. In addition to the
madonnas, he also makes crêches, crosses and
pine trees. He received a commission from his
own parish to create a manger scene for St.
James Church and was commissioned to carve
a large Native American madonna for a Jersey
City, New Jersey, church.
Mr. Wagner carves the madonnas as a
tribute to the strength and suffering of women.
He carries strong images of his experiences
during and since World War II, and he sympa-
thizes with the suffering he sees today,
especially in the Third World countries.
Articles about Mr. Wagner and his
woodcarvings have been featured in the
following newspapers: Our Sunday Visitor
(Nov. 21, 1993); The Post-Standard,
Syracuse, N.Y. (Nov. 13, 1993); The Catholic
Sun, Syracuse, N.Y. (Nov. 19-25, 1992).
Mr. Wagner lives in Cazenovia, New
York, with his wife, Jackie, and the two
youngest of his six children.
The Syracuse Catholic Press
Association published "The Faces of Mary
in Our Times," a contemporary Christian
art calendar for 1994. Thirteen photos of
Mr. Wagner's sculptures appear in this
calendar, which is available for purchase
during this exhibition.
Australian Mary, 7 1/2", walnut
Bahamian Mary, 17", red elm
Chinese Mary, 11 1/2", oak
Egyptian Mary, 11", hard rock maple
Filipino Mary, 11", rock maple
Indian Mary, 8 1/2", maple
Japanese Mary, 11 1/2", rock maple
Lebanese Mary, 8", chestnut
Mexican Mary, 10", chestnut
Old English Mary, 8 1/2", beech
Palestinian Mary, 10", cherry
Peruvian Mary, 11 1/2", maple
Somalian Mary, 8", walnut
Teenage Mary, 11 1/2", maple
Vietnamese Mary, 10 1/2", rock maple
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