Artist Statement

Virginia Warwick’s practice juxtaposes playfulness, humor and earnest themes of nature.

The materials and mediums that Virginia uses are central to the meaning behind her work. In her three-dimensional work, many of the materials are found and transformed into something new. Viewers can potentially relate to and be attracted to the shininess, vivacious colors, and synthetic materials. They can relate to the familiarity of the materials and marvel at the way they are transformed by Virginia, and possibly forget how the original forms of the materials are in fact detrimental to the environment. She combines natural subjects and materials to address human’s reliance on plastics and other synthetic materials. In her paintings and collages animals and natural forms are transformed by scale and are surreal, similarly to her three-dimensional work in which forms are transformed by materials. Subjects and materials fit together in puzzle pieces, in reference to her memories growing up surrounded by a variety of animals and the natural world.

Virginia feels animals and nature are an intrinsic part of her identity and weaves them into her world. This fascination and awe becomes part of the exploration that Virginia pursues in performance and practice.





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