Living Arts Center Interview from
June, 2013 Exhibition
The Lines of A Woman
By Virginia T Coleman
1. What artists inspire you?
"It constantly grows and fluctuates with the work, time and my continual gathering of information. Do I feel that certain artist have funneled my concepts in certain fashions, yes. Everyone is inspired by others and you use that as your spring board to find yourself. If I had to choose at this moment well, it would go like this-"
Installation / Outdoor sculpture- Richard Serra or Beverly Pepper
Sculpture- David Smith or Manuel Neri
Painting - Sean Scully or Cecily Brown
Architecture - Carlos Scarpa or Daniel Lineskind
Drawing - Reginald Marsh
Photography - The Instagramers of today
2. Why has a female body become an object of your art? New York magazine says, “Nude women seem to be in their natural state, for some reason men merely look undressed." Do you agree?
"I will never forget asking my grandfather when i was a little girl why he had so many paintings of naked woman hanging on his walls. He laughed that boisterous laugh and said no no those are nudes of the female figure. At that moment he elevated my thoughts about figurative art to a different level. Since the history of art has very much brought the female nude to the forefront of art I think it subconsciously has molded people to feel more comfortable with it.
I would also say that being a woman myself I understand the female figure better than the male. However I am still allured by the mystery of the female figure."
3. How did a college education help you develop your artistic career?
"Vital. It pushed me to discover so many avenues of my creative process. I love exploring new concepts, being pushed to think outside the box, and engaging in the process of thought. "
4. What made you get so into welding? Is there one moment you remember that you knew this is what you wanted to do?
"I have always been fascinated by metal structures, railroads, bridges, and metal in general. I never had the opportunity to work physically with metal until I was in graduate school. In college I tried to take sculpture classes but was very confined to the rigors of an architecture degree. When I got to graduate school in fine arts my director really pushed me towards metal sculpture.
From the moment I stepped into that load, hot, dust filled welding classroom I was hooked. Everyday since that moment has been a constant challenge and learning process; for metal is a complex entity. "
5. Metal has a sense of masculinity because of its hardness and heaviness. On the contrary, the female figure has a softness and vulnerability. Is there an intentional contrast between metal and female figure?
"Yes there is a something very alluring about taking something so “socially” perceived as masculine and creating something that resonates soft and feminine. I also believe metal is miss perceived as masculine. Metal has a great vulnerability, softness, allure, complexity and seduction like a woman."
Virginia T. Coleman - Virginia formerly lived in Tulsa, OK and currently resides in Denver, Co her formal education includes, environmental design, architecture , fine arts -figurative painting and welding. About her work Virginia state, “My artwork is an amalgamation of my multi faceted background. I adumbrate drawings like an architect, dapple color with a painter’s eye, capture compositions with the photographer’s quick lens, and weld forms together with a sculptor’s touch. I have traveled and moved across the country and world formally studying architecture, fine arts and welding. I have been searching for my identity, my voice. What I have discovered along my journey is that all these trajectories have become the bases for my unique vision. Art to me is about the journey of discover, having faith in your ideas and the unwavering passion to follow your heart. This journey is still just in its beginning."