In recent years, my artwork has been following a complex visual trail of architecture and figurative/representational elements: caryatids, columns, canephorae, baskets of produce, Corinthian capitals, acanthus, bodies, bones, bread and water.

Caryatids and canephorae are, in many ways, the visual summation of human life and women’s fundamental role in supporting it.


In these excerpts from the series "Compari-sons," I pair formally and conceptually equivalent images of women, overlaying them so that there is a shifting, visual interaction. A canephora from the Vatican Museums merges with a figurine from the folk art museum in EUR, Rome. A caryatid in Munich dialogues with a woman in a bread/salt welcoming ceremony in Russia.*

Blaise Tobia is a collaborator on this piece.

*Russian Welcome, PetropavlovskAustronesian Expeditions, 2011, Creative Commons License: BY-NC-ND; image flipped left-right and cropped; not for sale or distribution.

Video showing Comparison silks moving

in the ambient breeze. Wind chime sound

effect by Sidney Turner.

All artwork on this site © Virginia Maksymowicz.

Most photographs are by Blaise Tobia or Virginia Maksymowicz

other photos are credited.

Some works are collaborative.

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