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Virginia Harrison

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Sculptor Virginia Harrison
Virginia Harrison

About Virginia Harrison

Virginia weaves bronze wire and in doing so creates sculptures of sensuous and lyric beauty.
Sculptor Virginia Harrison
Virginia Harrison

Exhibition History of Virginia Harrison

2010 Winner: Best in Show Juried show: Innovations in Fiber Arts V
Sebastopol Center for the Arts Sebastopol, CA
2010 Represented artist Sebastopol Art Gallery Sebastopol, CA
2010 Represented artist Albany Arts Gallery Albany, CA
2009-2010 Represented artist Rice/Polak Gallery Provincetown, MA
2009 Featured artist Pallette Art Caf? Healdsburg, CA
2008 Represented artist Pallette Art Caf? Healdsburg, CA
2007-present Represented artist Pop Gallery Santa Fe, New Mexico
2007 Invited participant Juried show, Sonoma Valley Museum of Art Sonoma, California
2007 Represented artist Kirchman Gallery Johnson City, Texas
2007-present Represented artist Highlight Gallery Mendocino, California
2006-2008 Represented artist Sculptors Dominion San Antonio, Texas
2006 Fire Good show A St. Gallery Santa Rosa, California
2005 Invited participant,
3rd Place Winner for Sculpture 2005 Biennale Internazionale dell`Arte Contemporanea Florence, Italy
2005-Present Represented artist Laurence Gallery Occidental, CA
2005 Participant in group exhibition Arches Gallery Healdsburg, CA
2005 Participant in group exhibition Hanson Howard Gallery Ashland, OR
2005 Participant in group exhibition Virginia Breier Gallery San Francisco, CA
2005 Participant in group exhibition Highlight Gallery Mendocino, CA
2003 Invited participant,
4th Place Winner for Sculpture 2003 Biennale Internazionale dell`Arte Contemporanea Florence, Italy
2003,
2004,
2005 Participant ARTrails Open Studios tour Santa Rosa, CA
2003,
2004,
2005 Participant Art For Life, Aids Fundraiser Santa Rosa, CA
2003 Personal showing Imani Gallery Napa, California
2000 Day of the Dead show A St. Gallery Santa Rosa, California
1999 Personal showing Kajul Gallery Healdsburg, California
1994 Personal showing Branscomb Gallery Bodega Bay, California
1992 Personal showing Forecast Gallery Portland, Oregon
1990, 1991 Small Works Show California Museum of Art Santa Rosa, California
1990 Senior Show Sonoma State University Rohnert Park, California.

Biography / CV of Virginia Harrison

was raised at the foot of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado, where the history and lore of the gold and silver mines gave me an early understanding of metal. Over the past 17 years, I`ve been refining a technique combining the ignitive force of casting with the delicacy of weaving to create woven bronze sculptures that evoke both literal and emotional interpretation. I sculpt each base in wax and then cast them into bronze. I then weld spines to the base and weave the thin bronze wire, and sometimes beads or other objects, around the spines. After the weaving is complete, a patina is applied.

Sometimes the shapes that emerge are extremely deliberate, while other times they evolve during the process of creating them.

Combining bronze casting and weaving connects me to some of the most ancient human activities, and offers a way of lending grace and movement to bronze.

Artist Statement of Virginia Harrison

I was raised at the foot of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado, where the history and lore of the gold and silver mines gave me an early understanding of metal. Over the past 17 years, I`ve been refining a technique combining the ignitive force of casting with the delicacy of weaving to create woven bronze sculptures that evoke both literal and emotional interpretation. I sculpt each base in wax and then cast them into bronze. I then weld spines to the base and weave the thin bronze wire, and sometimes beads or other objects, around the spines. After the weaving is complete, a patina is applied.

Sometimes the shapes that emerge are extremely deliberate, while other times they evolve during the process of creating them.

Combining bronze casting and weaving connects me to some of the most ancient human activities, and offers a way of lending grace and movement to bronze.

Awards and Prizes of Virginia Harrison

2010 Winner: Best in Show Juried show: Innovations in Fiber Arts V
Sebastopol Center for the Arts Sebastopol, CA
2005 Invited participant,
3rd Place Winner for Sculpture 2005 Biennale Internazionale dell`Arte Contemporanea Florence, Italy
2003 Invited participant,
4th Place Winner for Sculpture 2003 Biennale Internazionale dell`Arte Contemporanea Florence, Italy.

Qualifications / Education of Virginia Harrison

2003 Contributer Featured on Sparks, a show featuring artists broadcast on KQED, the San Francisco PBS station San Francisco, California
1999-present Founder and owner Memory Markers, a custom bronze-plaque studio Santa Rosa, California
1992-2007 Foundry technician and chaser Bronze+ Foundry Sebastopol, California
1990 Bachelor of Arts Graduated with honors in sculpture and drawing Sonoma State University
Rohnert Park, California
1980-1984 Jeweler Bagley and Hotchkiss Jewelers Guerneville, California.

Publications / Media / Bibliography of Virginia Harrison

Best of Artists and Artisans 2010
American Art Collector 2010
American Art Collector 2006
Guild Sourcebook of Architectural and Interior Art #16, #23.

Influences / Inspiration of Virginia Harrison

Much of my work is inspired by music so I find a great affinity with the Blue Rider Group and the paintings of Kandinsky.
I am also inspired by the bamboo basket makers of Japan.

Price Range of Work

Virginia Harrison's work has a price range from £1,000 to £20,000

Mediums utilised

Virginia Harrison's work is found in the following materials:

Artwork Categorised

Virginia Harrison's work is found in the following categories on site:
Abstract Modern Contemporary Avant Garde Sculptures Statues statuettes figurines statuary both Indoor Or outside (7)
Indoor Inside Interior Abstract Contemporary Modern Sculpture / statue / statuette / figurine (5)
Organic / Abstract Sculpture (5)
Wire(Mesh Netting Chicken) Metal Rod or Bar or Tube Sculpture (3)
Wall Mounted or Wall Hanging sculpture (3)
Abstract Contemporary or Modern Outdoor Outside Exterior Garden / Yard Sculptures Statues statuary (3)
Objects of desire Sculptures (2)
Minimalist Understated Abstract Contemporary Sculpture statuary statuettes (2)
Round Disk, Dish, Flat Circular Ring Shaped Sculptures / Statues statuette statuary (2)
Musician and Musical Sculptures (2)
Variety of Emotional feelings depicted in Sculptures
Garden Or Yard / Outside and Outdoor Sculptures
Happiness / Joy / Exuberance / Wild Pleasure sculpture
Modern Abstract Contemporary Avant Garde Sculptures or Statues or statuettes or statuary
Repetitive Form / Shape Abstract Sculptures / Statues
Installation Sculpture
Fantasy sculpture or Statue
Varietal cross section of Floral, Fruit and Plantlife Sculpture
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