The Dress Project
The dress form is Virginia's symbol for our essential being, our core. using this emblem, her work speaks about the power of relationships and the politics of relationships; our relationship to ourselves, to each other and to the world in which we live. the work speaks to the emotional or lack of emotional connection between people.
The dress form denotes the body - how we relate to our own body, how we relate to other’s bodies, how we cover our bodies and present our bodies, and how that veneer affects all our experiences and encounters. i deal with the ideas of fertility, fragility, strength, waste, war, imprisonment and freedoms. my work ignites viewers to reconsider their place in our society and culture, to question the status quo.
The dress project is relevant to the current issues being debated today. the dress is Virginia's soapbox from where She can engage in political debate, question social protocol, and express her authentic self. using different media and scale the work touches many people regardless of gender, age, background and experiences. She strives to create for them a safe place in which to reconsider their place in the world.
The dress project has brought Virginia to a deeper and more determined desire to create. Her dresses have shown her the power of art - how art can touch people, move people; help people to reach a deeper place in themselves. She has been blessed with the opportunity to witness people become physically moved when interacting with her work. the dress project has given Virginia the occasion to challenge her technical skills, and pushed her out of her comfort zone, tackling many different types of visual arts; performance, installation, photography, sculpture and mixed media. all of these media are integral to the vision of my work. the dress project has also given her the opportunity to teach, lecture and lead workshops, allowing Virginia's enthusiasm to reach people in a more active manner.
Torqued and Tethered . . .
This is part of Virginia Fitzgerald’s dress project. The bodice is stunted, emaciated, twisted and tortured. The sculpture hangs by only one of the shoulder straps, the other strap sags, defeated, exhausted. The way the bodice hangs forces the viewer to see in, under and through her; all is exposed. Being white, there is the suggestion of seeing bone. All she really wants to do is to fly, to be free…