Virginia Overton
American, born 1971
Blue chip
Represented by internationally recognized galleries.
Collected by a major museum
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions
Above the treeline: Virginia Overon, Jon Pestoni, Rezi Van Lankveld, Ambera Wellmann,
Office Baroque
Virginia Overton,
The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum
Outlooks: Virginia Overton,
Storm King Art Center

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.”