PAPER MACHE & MIXED MEDIA
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.
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.