History of Art, 1983 – ongoing. Handmade paper cast into body molds fitted back onto model, dimensions variable.

Virginia Maksymowicz: Strong Supports

From the first glance, Virginia Maksymowicz’s “Bread” series clearly recalls antiquity. These works abound in motifs taken from Greco-Roman architecture—caryatids, Corinthian capitals, columns, and volutes—but as the viewer comes closer, the point of reference shifts. The Hydrostone and fiberglass/resin forms have less to do with Greek and Roman marbles than with plaster casts of the academic tradition. With this textural nuance, Maksymowicz brings imagery from the distant past into closer temporal proximity, bridging the gap between the ancient and the present, the precious and the prolific. The “Bread” series was inspired by vessels held by the caryatids at Hadrian’s Villa, copies of those at the Erechtheion on the Athenian Acropolis. …see the entire article in the print version of July/August’s Sculpture magazine.