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Half Century Map

Virginia Janssen

$350.00

Half Century Map
Virginia Janssen

Mixed Media
16x20"
$350

Artist Statement
This piece was inspired by medieval maps, which are filled with fantastical creatures, very approximate measurements and imaginative architectural drawings. This map includes places and things that I have visited, loved, or dreamed of in my life. It is a map self-portrait of my half-century.
The paper was folded, then dipped in Indigo dye. The resulting negative spaces became the “landforms” for the map. The paper was further tea-stained before drawing.

Artist Biography
I am originally from MIlwaukee, Wisconsin. I have a BFA in Painting from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and a Certificate of Completion from La Scuola Dell’Arte Della Medaglia in Rome, Italy, where I lived for several years. I have worked as a designer, engraver, and sculptor of coins and medallions, as well as many bronze relief portrait sculptures and plaques. Locally there is a portrait of Ray Nitschke on the bridge, and other bronze portraits at Bellin Hospital in Green Bay. Since 2012 I have been teaching Elementary and Middle School art, and currently teach at Notre Dame of De Pere School.
I work in a variety of mediums including drawing, painting, bas-relief sculpture, clay, metal, mosaic and textiles. My work is representational, though usually conceptual, in nature.
Narrative is an important element in my work. I have collected an assortment of images, symbols and words that are relevant to me and recur in my work. I am inspired by nature, its creatures, wildness and all of its visual texture.



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