Artist StatementThrough performance, sculpture, installations, paintings and mixed media pieces I create environments and scenarios that can seem absurd, nonsensical but are always embedded in dark humor. I seek ways to personify and anthropomorphize creatures of the sea and land. Inspired by surrealism, animals and humans are juxtaposed with the world of the sea, creating a mystical world within a composition or piece of work. My fascination with nature and animals has caused me to escape into other worlds within my artwork. Growing up, my friends were my pets and this friendship with animals and nature has carried into all facets of my art. I love animals. I want to become part of their world and them a part of ours. The artwork is whimsical, playful, and at the same time titers between realities.
After Virginia Warwick graduated from University of Maryland, College Park, she soon entered Rinehart School of Sculpture at Maryland Institute College of Art where she taught as a Teaching Assistant for three semesters. Since MICA, Virginia has been teaching and producing artwork consistently. As an art instructor, Virginia has taught multiple age groups form diverse backgrounds. She has taught children and teens from “at risk” environments in Baltimore. In addition to teaching at the Delaplaine, she is also an adjunct faculty member at Frederick Community College, an instructor at Visarts in Rockville and teaches a wide variety of workshops in the Maryland/DC area. Virginia offers private lessons to teens and young adults as well.
Her work has been shown at such places as the Arlington Arts Center, ConnerSmith, Edison Place Gallery, Hood College, Goucher College, City Arts Gallery, Metro Gallery, Creative Alliance, E.M.P Collective, Current Gallery, 14k Cabaret, Visarts at Rockville and most recently at Area 31 in Frederick. She has been included in the Transmodern Festival in Baltimore multiple years and has participated in two performance arts festivals in New York, including the Brooklyn International Arts Festival and the Infridgement Festival.