Virginia Davis

34" x 32"
Acrylic, linen, double ikat

13" x 13"
Acrylic, linen, double ikat

10" x 12"
Acrylic, linen

1978-79 Fiberworks, Berkeley, CA
1971-72 Riverside School of Arts and Crafts, New York
1959-63 Columbia University, Sociology
1950-53 MA, University of Illinois, Sociology
1946-50 BA, Smith College, Sociology

Selected Exhibitions
2003 Raking Stones — Gallery of Art, Fontbonne University,— St. Louis, MO
2002 Looming Large:Weavers of the Vanguard — Dean Lesher Regional Center for Art, Walnut Creek, CA
5th Internat'l Festival of Tapestry & Fiberart—Beauvais, France
  Survey Fiber 2002—Snyderman/Works Gallery—Philadelphia, PA
2001 Contemporary Trends — Invitational — Gray Gallery — East Carolina University, Greenville, NC
2000 13th International Minitextile Biennial —Savaria Museum — Szombathely, Hungary
  Biennale Arelis — Cité Internationale des Artes — Paris, France
  Indigo: Bridging Cultures — Ukrainian Museum of Modern Art — Chicago
  7th Internat'l Shoebox Sculpture Exhibition — Univ.of Hawaii Art Gallery, Honolulu, HW
1999 Chongju International Craft Biennale — Invitational — Chongju, Korea
"Converging Cultures," Center of Contemporary Arts, St. Louis, MO
  "Coloring Our Worlds," University of St. Thomas Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
1998 "9 x 9 x 3," American Craft Museum, New York, New York
  "Squared Off", Phoenix Gallery, New York, New York
  "Fiber 98", Textile Art Centre, Chicago, IL
  "14th Annual National Juried Exhibition", Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CA
1997 "Virginia Davis: Looking Backwards/Forward", Textile Art Centre, Chicago

Virginia Davis works with ikat weaving and other resist techniques, both as an internationally exhibited studio artist and from technical, historical, and ethnographic perspectives. Her awards include a Fulbright to India and several individual Visual Artist grants from NEA and the New York State Council for the Arts. In 1995, in Mexico, via a joint NEA and Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes Award, she taught and researched Mexican resist techniques. She lectures and gives workshops, and she is widely published.

Hewlett-Packard Company;
Mr. & Mrs. R. Blomberg, Ana Lisa Hedstrom, Alex & Camille Cook

I literally weave painter's linen canvas similar to the sort that can be purchased from artists' materials suppliers. Ikat technique, dyeing and painting the yarn before weaving, enables color and image to be embedded in the woven structure and locked inside the canvas. From a 1990's perspective, my work examines and reinterprets minimalism in the context of the symbolic significance of textile imagery. I comment on the materials of art, referencing the 16th century transition from images realized in fresco or on wood to painting on fabric (oil on linen). The image is caught inside the canvas in my deconstructed paintings.

Formally, the work explores optical aspects of vision and nuances of value contrast. Color reflects light differently depending on whether it is placed in the warp or weft. The representation of space occurs through color overlay. There is a play of edge, hard and feathered. Theme and variation interact and cumulate, stimulating a meditative feeling. The work raises questions, pushes at boundaries and challenges old definitions.

previous artist next artist


Contact us at:

Copyright ©2010 FiberScene