Leading up to ele:mental’s opening reception on September 27 (7-9pm) at the Beacon Arts Building, we will feature one artist in the show every few days on this blog. Today’s focus is painter Virginia Broersma.
Through gestural abstraction, Broersma creates compositions that toe the line between erotic and repugnant tension. At once alluring and grotesque, her oil paintings reference the human body in motion. At times, these captured movements reference actions as disparate as physical labor or sexual intercourse, but imply the commonality of exertion for the sake of beauty. In the mind of the viewer, her brushstrokes become representational of the aggression we employ in order to seek our most primal desires, and oftentimes solicit unanticipated emotional associations.
Virginia Broersma was born in San Diego (CA) in 1982. She received her BFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design (GA), and is the recipient of the Puffin Foundation Artist Grant. Her work has recently been shown at the Lancaster Museum of Art and History (CA), among other venues.