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Virginia Overton

American, b. 1971

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Virginia Overton

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American, b. 1971

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Biography

Virginia Overton builds her sculptures of out what have been deemed "masculine" materials such as Sheetrock, mud, and wood beams, defying standards of female art-making practices. Often compared with the rubber sculptures of Eva Hesse, Overton's works have an elegant simplicity in their rough-hewn, unfinished appearances. By using discarded materials from construction sites, Overton honors the difficulty of manual labor and blue-collar work, a crucial part of her upbringing in rural Tennessee. Overton is also known for her fluorescent light sculptures, working with the stark minimalist geometries of artists like Dan Flavin, but wraps her neon tubes with translucent scans of her hair. She has said, “I didn’t think of it as a feminine gesture when I started using my hair, but I can’t look at it and not see it that way now.”

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Biography

Virginia Overton builds her sculptures of out what have been deemed "masculine" materials such as Sheetrock, mud, and wood beams, defying standards of female art-making practices. Often compared with the rubber sculptures of Eva Hesse, Overton's works have an elegant simplicity in their rough-hewn, unfinished appearances. By using discarded materials from construction sites, Overton honors the difficulty of manual labor and blue-collar work, a crucial part of her upbringing in rural Tennessee. Overton is also known for her fluorescent light sculptures, working with the stark minimalist geometries of artists like Dan Flavin, but wraps her neon tubes with translucent scans of her hair. She has said, “I didn’t think of it as a feminine gesture when I started using my hair, but I can’t look at it and not see it that way now.”

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
Whitney Museum of American Art
Group
Group show at a major institution
MoMA PS1
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 1 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Greater New York, and 1 more
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