Over the moon to be showing and selling the works of Virginia McCracken. We first saw her pieces when we were in Santa Barbara a few years back and have never been able to get them out of my head. Fast forward to a few months back when my friend Liberty contacts me and says I have to meet this artist, who is a friend of hers, whose work she thinks I will adore and would be perfect for Watson Kennedy. LOVE when things work out like that!
From her website:
Virginia McCracken is a Santa Barbara–based artist who creates small-scale assemblages …. imaginary worlds inside boxes that are inhabited by paper mache figures. The expressively detailed characters are of unknown species, generally related to cats, dogs, rabbits, and horses, but not quite, and sometimes not at all. She creates evocative habitats for these creatures, some minimal and mysterious, others crafted like stage sets or rooms. There are no explicit stories, although a hint of narrative is often contained in the titles. The characters are sometimes engaged in activity or relationship, but some are contemplative and alone. The miniature works have been described as whimsical and touching, humorous, as well as dark. The artist is inspired by make-believe and the notion of secret interior worlds. The viewer must step up close because of the small scale and is drawn into the intimate, ethereal realm of each piece and into his or her own story.