Drawings

Canephorae and caryatids, working women and goddesses — those female figures that support the structure of human society— inform this 8-foot high drawing of a caryatid-like figure “wearing” a Corinthian capital, which I produced while in residence at the Vermont Studio Center. In a 2012 exhibition at the Delaware Center for the Contemporary Arts, "Structure and Metaphor," this drawing was accompanied by a series of smaller drawings ranging from one of the Erechtheion caryatids to a Demeter votive effigy.

 

The Cornice Portraits invert architectural theories, such as those of Jacques-François Blondel, which critique the profiles of column capitals and cornices according to classical proportions of an idealized human face. Instead, the profiles in these drawings are derived from the “imperfect” features of actual men and women.

Appiades is a series of mixed-media prints drawn from my photographs of fountains in Italy, which links women’s bodies with architecture and mythology. From the Greek and Roman naiads to Our Lady of Lourdes, women have been associated with water, the most indispensable resource for life.

In Karsashian/Bernini, I pair Kim Kardashian's Barbie-like physical proportions with one of Gian Lorenzo Bernini's Solomonic columns at St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City  As in the silk Comparisons, I am searching out equivalents in form between flesh and stone.

Caryatid

Caryatid

pencil on paper; 36”w x 96” h; 2007; (inkjet print version 2015)

Caryatid

Caryatid

pencil on paper; 36”w x 96” h; 2007; (inkjet print version 2015)

Bearer: Simonetti

Bearer: Simonetti

pencil on paper; 22”w x 48” h; 2008; (inkjet print version 2015)

Bearer: Peasant

Bearer: Peasant

pencil on paper; 22”w x 48” h; 2008; (inkjet print version 2015)

Bearer: Demeter

Bearer: Demeter

pencil on paper; 22”w x 48” h; 2008 (inkjet print version 2015)

Bearer: Caryatid

Bearer: Caryatid

pencil on paper; 22”w x 48” h; 2008; (inkjet print version 2015)

Bearer: Isis

Bearer: Isis

pencil on paper; 22”w x 48” h; 2008; (inkjet print version 2015)

Cornice Portraits

Cornice Portraits

pencil on rag paper and vellum overlay; 14”w x 17”h: 2007; 2018; installation at Phillips Museum, Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Cornice Portrait - R

Cornice Portrait - R

pencil on rag paper and vellum overlay; 14”w x 17”h: 2007-2015

Cornice Portrait - T

Cornice Portrait - T

pencil on rag paper and vellum overlay; 14”w x 17”h: 2007-2015

Cornice Portrait - BA

Cornice Portrait - BA

pencil on rag paper and vellum overlay; 14”w x 17”h: 2007-2015

Cornice Portrait - G

Cornice Portrait - G

pencil on rag paper and vellum overlay; 14”w x 17”h: 2007-2015

Cornice Portrait - B

Cornice Portrait - B

pencil on rag paper and vellum overlay; 14”w x 17”h: 2007-2015

Cornice_Portrait - V

Cornice_Portrait - V

pencil on rag paper and vellum overlay; 14”w x 17”h: 2007-2015

Appiades: Prati

Appiades: Prati

from the series, "Women and Water"; mixed-media, hand-colored print; 17” x 22”; 2014

Appiades: Bologna

Appiades: Bologna

from the series, "Women and Water"; mixed-media, hand-colored print; 17” x 22”; 2014

Appiades: Villa Giulia

Appiades: Villa Giulia

from the series, "Women and Water"; mixed-media, hand-colored print; 17” x 22”; 2014

Appiades: Villa d'Este

Appiades: Villa d'Este

from the series, "Women and Water"; mixed-media, hand-colored print; 17” x 22”; 2014

Appiades: Villa Sciarra

Appiades: Villa Sciarra

from the series, "Women and Water"; mixed-media, hand-colored print; 17” x 22”; 2014

Kardashian/Bernini

Kardashian/Bernini

pencil and charcoal on paper (2 panels); 36”w x 60”h each; 2019

All artwork on this site © Virginia Maksymowicz.

Most photographs are by Blaise Tobia or Virginia Maksymowicz

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