About the Artist: Virginia has become well regarded in Tulsa for both her artwork and her involvement in the arts since her move from New York in 1989. Her unique "organic" works have been exhibited in dozens of solo and group shows nationwide since 1984 and in galleries in New York, Oregon, Chicago, Santa Fe, Florida, and at the M.A. Doran gallery in Tulsa.
When Virginia isn't producing art, she's teaching it at The Philbrook Museum of Art and with the Arts and Humanities Council of Tulsa.
Virginia received her M.A. in sculpture from New York University after earning a B.A. in Visual Arts from Bennington College. She also studied in France and in Murano, Italy, under Glass Artisan Livio Seguso.
Statement for Older Work:
As an artist, I am fascinated with the underwater world. I create underwater landscapes through ceramic mediums. When underwater, one observes a quiet, tranquil, contained and isolated world. Everything is blurred and slow moving, yet filled with so much light, reflection and color. The same contemplative world that exists underwater, exists in my art."
Statement for New Work: When I am underwater I am able to slow down and think. The water seems to hold me in its safe arms. The fragmented light, constantly creating new patterns in what appears to be slow motion, transports me into a kind of dream world. Through my art, I try to revisit this place of wonder.
In the last few years, I often see images just before I wake up. Images from my dreams I suppose, and I have been keeping track of them with quick sketches first thing. Sometimes they are bits and pieces of memories from my childhood, at other times, ethereal, hard to identify and understand, as they first present themselves. These images are disturbing at times, and stay with me. I've felt a need to deal with them, to come to terms with them, through my art.
As a sculptor, I tend to think in three dimensions, so it seems natural, and important for me, to translate these images into three-dimensional objects- to get the images out of my head, and be able to see them in front of me. Most of the sculptures represent my efforts to understand this imagery that appears in my sleep.
Vignettes Virginia Harrison | Wendeline Matson | Shelly Lewis Stanfield | Sara Matson Westover
June 21 - July 28, 2018 Learn More