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VIRGINIA VAN HORN

BIO

Norfolk native Virginia Van Horn is a longtime member of the Hampton Roads art community and has an extensive exhibition record in both the region and the Southeast.
She received her BFA in printmaking from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and her MFA in sculpture from the Visual Studies Program of Old Dominion and Norfolk State Universities. She also studied and exhibited in Urbino, Italy as part of a program sponsored by New York’s School of Visual Arts.
Virginia currently teaches at the Governor’s School for the Arts. Inspired by her childhood as a champion rider, she is fascinated by animal imagery, especially horses. Her recent work branches out from equestrian images to explore new and different combinations of animals, both wild and domestic.

"My work depicts animals who are merciful replacements for overwhelming human experience"

ARTIST'S STATEMENT

My sculpture depicts contemporary animal imagery, with the animals often acting as alter- egos, self-images or surrogates for humanity. Like a modern Aesop’s Fables, they tell stories that are both true to their animal natures and evocative of the human condition. They can be merciful replacements for overwhelming human experience, only to become dispassionate observers of mankind's folly. These beasts are clearly anthropomorphic, sometimes in expression, sometimes in environment, sometimes just in the emotions that they share with the human race. My work uses animal images as a method for obliquely exploring modern life in a way that illuminates the intimate connection between the human and animal kingdoms.
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Winter Solstice

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Trophy

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The Long Ride Home

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Sleight of Hand

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Silk Stockings

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Putto

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Pandora’s Box

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Monitor

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Mixed Blessings

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If Wishes were Horses

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Hands High

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From House to Home

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Flying Change

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Cradle

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Celestial Navigation

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Artemis

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Apollo

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Aesop’s Fables

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Inspired by her childhood as a champion rider, she is fascinated by animal imagery, especially horses. Her recent work branches out from equestrian images to explore new and different combinations of animals, both wild and domestic.
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