Virginia McCracken is a Santa Barbara–based artist who creates small-scale assemblages, imaginary worlds inside boxes that are inhabited by paper mache figures. She designs 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 expressively detailed characters are of unknown species, generally related to cats, dogs, rabbits, and horses, but not quite, and sometimes not at all. 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.
Virginia has been making art for more than 30 years. Her work has been widely shown in California, Washington State, and New York City and is in collections both internationally and nationally.
Virginia McCracken / Green House Studios
136 East Yanonali St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101
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