PAPER MACHE, MIXED MEDIA

The Bustier...

In the tiny-waisted, pointy-breast days of the 1950s and early 60s, woman from teens to grandmas wore a daily girdle and bras pushed into unrealistic anatomy. Long before "shapewear", the "Merry Widow" was a necessary underpinning for the strapless décolletage of prom dresses, formal wear and bridal gowns. Virginia Green — fascinated by the long history and the repression/attraction allure of the corset, bustier, merry widow — is currently creating a somewhat whimsical series in paper mache and mixed media.

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

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

Merrier Widow, 16.25 x 14.25 x 6.5", paper mache 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.

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, 20 x 24", paper, the artist's personal letters.

Bury My Ashes, 20 x 24", paper, the artist's personal letters.