Virginia Sperry

Enjoying the sunshine
Enjoying the sunshine

Loss, impermanence, construction, destruction: everyday we are bombarded with images from around the world that show how life on this earth is continuously changing. I react and respond to my surroundings, both attracted and repelled by the natural process of disintegration. My own experiences with loss deeply influence my work, whether it is the loss of someone I loved or the personal changes I have gone through in the past few years.

As a dance/movement therapist, I was trained to observe, not just with my eyes but with my entire body. This training allows me to see and feel the subtleties in the world. I am mesmerized by movements both large and small: the way the wind catches a single leaf on a tree, the twitch of a cat’s whisker, the arc of a bomb as it falls towards the ground. I am challenged to incorporate this movement into my sculptures.

Often my sculptures are informed by the materials that I use. Through my exploration of various materials, I record single brief moments within the ever-changing scenery of life. I am not tied down to one medium, I prefer to use whatever is in front of me to capture my views of the world. Found objects inspire a story, woven vessels hold a feeling and rusted steel leads to a series of paintings. Each technique, whether it be welding or weaving, lends itself to its own way of expression. I find this exploration endlessly fascinating.

 



CURRICULUM VITAE:

Solo Exhibitions:

2017   Temporary installation of Paper Rocks, Horowitz Center, Howard County Community College, Columbia, MD

2010   Guest Artist, Off Track Art, Westminster, Maryland

Two Person Exhibitions:

2017   Rust Redux, Buickster Hall, Taneytown, MD

Juried Shows:

2016   Cartes Blanches, Delaplaine Art Center, Frederick, MD

2016   National Juried Show, Delaplaine Art Center, Frederick, MD

2015   Reach, Carroll County Arts Center, Westminster, Maryland

2012   Unleashed, Strathmore Mansion, Bethesda, MD

2010   Rejected to Perfected, Carroll County Arts Center, Westminster, Maryland

Selected Group Exhibitions:

2015   Bio Art Residency, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY

2014   Sculpture Walk, Castlegar, British Columbia

2013   City Art, Walking Sculpture Tour, Mankato, Minnesota

2012   University of Sioux Falls SculptureWalk, Sioux Falls, South Dakota

2011   Sculpture Tour, Eau Claire, Wisconsin

2010   SculptureWalk, Sioux Falls, South Dakota

2007   Sculpture installation, Quiet Waters Park, Annapolis, Maryland

2007   SculptureWalk, Sioux Falls, South Dakota

2006   Sculpture installation, Unison Sculpture Garden, New Paltz, New York

2005   Strictly Sculpture, Carroll County Arts Council, Westminster, Maryland

2004   Alumni Show, Tang Museum, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York

Commissions:

2009   Roam Around: Art in Public Places, Stamford, Connecticut

Residencies:

2015   Bio Art Residency, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY

Awards:

2013   Best in Show; Other Media for “Tundra”, City Art, Walking Sculpture Tour, Mankato, Minnesota

2010   Director’s Choice Award for “Tundra” SculptureWalk, Sioux Falls, South Dakota

2010   Best in Show for “Water Pump” Rejected to Perfected, Carroll County Arts Center, Westminster, Maryland

Public Collections:

2010   “Lioness with Cub” owned by the Sioux Falls Lions’ Club, on permanent display in the city of Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Publications:

2004   “400 Polymer Clay Designs”, Lark Books, New York

1997   “Foundations in Polymer Clay Design” Krause Publications, Wisconsin

Education:

1992   MA in Dance/Movement Therapy, Goucher College, Baltimore, Maryland

1984   BS in Theater Arts, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York