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Virginia Harrison

1585 Terrace Way
Santa Rosa, CA 95404, U.S.A.
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Phone: (707) 2936997     Fax: (707) 573-9426
Email: virginia@wovenbronze.com
URL: http://www.wovenbronze.com

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Artist's statement

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.

 
 

     Virginia Harrison, Sculptor    

 

 

 
 
Exhibitions and gallery shows
 
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
Provincetown, MA
 
2009
Featured artist
Healdsburg, CA
 
2008
Represented artist
Healdsburg, CA
 
2007-Present
Represented artist
Santa Fe, New Mexico
 
2007
Invited participant
Juried show, Sonoma
Valley Museum of Art
Sonoma, California
 
2007
Represented artist
Johnson City, Texas
 
2007-Present
Represented artist
Mendocino, California
 
2006-2008
Represented artist
San Antonio, Texas
 
2006
Fire Good show
A St. Gallery
Santa Rosa, California
 
2005
Invited participant,
3rd Place Winner for Sculpture
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
Florence, Italy
 

2003,
2004,
2005

Participant
ARTrails Open Studios tour
Santa Rosa, CA
 
2003-
Present

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
 
Woven Bronze Studio
1999-present
Create one of a kind bronze sculpture in sizes ranging from hand- held to monumental. Each Is woven individually with silicon bronze wire.
 
Memory Markers Studio
1999present
Create and cast one-of-a-kind bronze memorial plaques. Specialize in portraits and relief designs, both realistic and abstract. Fabricate bronze and steel signs and furniture on a per-order basis.
 
Bronze +
1992–2005
Work as a foundry technician in all foundry capacities including welding, fabricating, and finishing bronze artwork.
 
Bagley and Hotchkiss Jewelers
19801984
Worked as a jeweler, doing fabrication and stone-setting
Education
Vaugel Sculpting Studio Workshop                            
Marina Del Rey, CA
Sculpting the Portrait
 
Santa Rosa Junior College
Santa Rosa, CA
Associate of the Arts; Welding Technology
 
Sonoma State University
Rohnert Park, CA
Bachelor of Arts, graduated with honors in sculpture and drawing