Virginia Gardner creates two dimensional and sculptural pieces, with a wide range of materials, like stained glass and shards of china, to found objects and natural materials such as jaspers and gemstones. Virginia’s studio is called Virginia Mosaics and is located in the Earlysville a town outside of Charlottesville, Virginia.
My work follows one of two paths. One path is narrative, a response to an aspect of my reality. These works reflect an interpretation of real conditions, whether of a personal nature, like aging, or the broader world environment, such as war.
The other path is less defined in the beginning, evolving until completion. For example, I am attracted to natural patterns. There may be something in the way the limbs of a tree intertwine or the light falls on marsh grass, which triggers an emotional response. As an image begins to form and reaches my consciousness, I will nurture its development, sometimes for months. There is a magical point when I know it is time to make it real. This process can be heady, intoxicating; the birth of an idea, there’s nothing quite like it.
– Virginia Gardner
A lot of Virginia’s work is representative of her experiences. She’s found that she can describe concepts more fully when describing them visually.