Empty land

Over the past 17 years, Virginia has 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. She sculpts each base in wax and then casts them into bronze. She then welds spines to the base and weaves 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.


She was raised at the foot of the Rocky Mountains in Colorado, where the history and lore of the gold and silver mines gave her an early understanding of metal. Combining bronze casting and weaving connects her to some of the most ancient human activities, and offers a way of lending grace and movement to bronze.