Lounge Gallery: Victoria Dugger
Mind the Body
Works by Victoria Dugger
January 22, 2021 – April 3, 2021
The Lounge Gallery at the Lyndon House Arts Center, features quarterly solo exhibitions by emerging artists. Artists in the beginning stages of their careers exhibit wall-bound works in mediums alternating from drawing to painting to photography to printmaking. The Lyndon House Arts Center is pleased to announce Mind the Body, works by Victoria Dugger. This exhibition is curated by Lilly McEachern.
"Mind the Body is about embracing our collective mortality instead of burrowing into our ego. Despite our desire to be fully immersed in an immaterial world, we cannot escape our own humanity.
Since the inception of the Internet a few decades ago, society has gradually moved further away from the human-built environment to establish a virtual one. Our ability to communicate is broader and faster than ever before, but as a collective whole we have never been more fragmented in thought and values. This year, a devastating pandemic and contentious presidential election has only amplified the desire to escape the material world.
The Internet is a popular and relatively accessible outlet for escapism. Time and space are no concern and we have more control over how we are perceived by others. The gateway to information has been democratized so much that our understanding of truth itself is practically user-generated.
Victoria Dugger’s work is an investigation of herself – and of you, too. Her work often explores the dynamic relationship between ourselves, our body, and the world around us. Dugger draws inspiration from art history and contemporary culture. In Watchin’ You, she reinterprets Édouard Manet’s Olympia by replacing the nude figure with a disorienting mass of body parts and the domestic worker with a rendition of an original portrait, BabyDoll. The figure in BabyDoll looks directly at the viewer, reorganizing the voyeurism of Manet’s painting." - Lilly McEachern
Artist Bio: Victoria Dugger (b.1991) was born in Columbus, Georgia. She attended Columbus State University where she received her BFA in Drawing and Painting. She is currently an MFA Candidate at the Lamar Dodd School of Art, UGA. Her work was recently featured in New American Paintings South Edition and on Burnaway..
Curator Bio: Lilly McEachern is a recent grad of The University of Georgia where she earned a B.A. in Journalism with a minor in Art History and a certificate in Museum Studies. She currently works as Project Coordinator at the Steffen Thomas Museum of Art and at the Lyndon House Arts Center, where she is conducting research on the enslaved population of the Ware-Lyndon Historic House. Lilly is from Columbus GA and resides in Athens.
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