PAPER MACHE & MIXED MEDIA

The Bustier...

Virginia’s current obsession with the bustier/corset is her way of illuminating the dichotomy of repression and allure of these women’s undergarments throughout history. Scarlett O’Hara tiny-waisted laced corset, the “merry widow” corset of 1950s prom days and Madonna’s quasi-porno bustiers all attempt an unrealistic and uncomfortable ideal of beauty. But whose? And why?

She creates these provocative — and sometimes tongue-in-cheek — bustiers with paper mache and a variety of mixed media. 

Love my Sugar Daddy, 16 x 12 x 5.25", paper mâché, mixed media and US currency.

Love my Sugar Daddy, 16 x 12 x 5.25", paper mâché, mixed media and US currency.

I do! I do!, 16.5 x 12 x 6.5”, paper mâché and mixed media.

I do! I do!, 16.5 x 12 x 6.5”, paper mâché and mixed media.

Oh Mister Darcy! 13 x 16 x 7”, paper mâché, pages from vintage copy of ‘Pride and Prejudice’, mixed media.

Oh Mister Darcy! 13 x 16 x 7”, paper mâché, pages from vintage copy of ‘Pride and Prejudice’, mixed media.

Ooh La La!’, 15.5 x 14 x 7.5”, paper mâché and mixed media.

Ooh La La!’, 15.5 x 14 x 7.5”, paper mâché and mixed media.

Channeling Frida Kahlo, 16 x 13 x 6”, paper mâché and mixed media.

Channeling Frida Kahlo, 16 x 13 x 6”, paper mâché and mixed media.

Merrier Widow, 16.25 x 14.25 x 6.5", paper mâché and mixed media.

CUT PAPER

An ongoing exploration...

Virginia is fascinated with how the handwritten word on paper reveals surprising things about mind, memory and relationships.  She sometimes works with her own personal journals and letters — cut, shredded and torn — to create works with papier mache, paper cutting and collage.

Extremely Private, Triptych, each 12 x 12 x 2.5", paper shredded from the artist's personal journals, rice paper.

Detail,  Extremely Private.

Detail, Extremely Private.

Bury My Ashes, 18 x 24", paper, the artist's personal letters.

Bury My Ashes, 18 x 24", paper, the artist's personal letters.