Virginia Derryberry in Traveling Art Exhibition

FABRICation to be exhibitied in five venues

Virginia Derryberry, Janus IV,  fabric, embroidery, and paint, 92x54 inches. 2013-2014.Following the well-received exhibition of FABRICation as part of the 2013 SECAC (Southeastern College Art Association) annual meeting last fall, the exhibition has been invited to travel in 2014-2016 to Pembroke, North Carolina; New London, Connecticut; West Lafaytette, Indiana; Morehead, Kentucky; and Indianapolis, Indiana.

Image at right: Virginia Derryberry, Janus IV,  fabric, embroidery, and paint, 92x54 inches. 2013-2014.

FABRICation features a textile sensibility through elements of fabric and fabrication.  Inspired by a rich array of historical textiles (drapery to quilt), the works are encoded by traditional handicraft to contrast culture’s rampant media consumption wit the redemptive nuance of slow work wrought by hand.   Saturated with vibrant color, the luminous materiality activates the senses and counters passive visual skimming.  Pieces range from delicate illusions to layered constructions to architectural interventions.   Mixed media includes acrylic and oil paint, yarn, wool, silk, thread, rug-hold, vinyl, plastic, burlap, vintage clothing, aluminum screens, glass, found fabrics and recycled objects.  Whether painting, tapestry or construct, these works interweave sensory pleasure with repetitive process to invoke introspection and reflection (description from press release). 

Artists included in FABRICation: Erin Castellan, Kristy Deetz, Virginia Derryberry, Reni Gower, Rachel Hayes, Susan Iverson, and Natalie Smith

Exhibition Venues:  

  • A.D. Gallery, University of North Carolina at Pembroke, Pembroke, NC.   September 22 – October 31, 2014
  • Cummings Art Galleries, Connecticut College, New London, CT.  January 28 – March 4, 2015
  • Purdue University Galleries, West Lafayette, IN,  May 12 – Aug 8, 2015
  • Morehead State University, Claypool-Young Art Gallery, Morehead, KY.  Oct 14 – Nov 24, 2015
  • Herron School of Art and Design/IUPUI, Herron Galleries, Indianapolis, IN.  Jan 13 – Feb 19, 2016.

Virginia Derryberry describes her work in the exhibition: Inspired by the rich history of crazy quilts, the Janus Series explores pivotal moments in the artist’s life through narrative quilting and traditional needle crafts such as trapunto, embroidery, and applique.   Sections of each piece are hand painted to suggest alchemical imagery.

Image below left:  Virginia Derryberry, Janus I, fabric, embroidery, and paint, 96x66 inches. 2013-2014.
Image below right: Virginia Derryberry, Janus II, fabric, embroidery, and paint, 75x59 inches. 2013-2014.

Virginia Derryberry, Janus I, First one, Janus I,  fabric, embroidery, and paint, 96x66 inches. 2013-2014.Virginia Derryberry, Janus II.  fabric, embroidery and paint, 75x59 inches. 2013-14.