Studio Snapshot: Victoria Dugger

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Victoria Dugger's work in "M4: Second Severn Crossing," MINT's show at Hathaway Contemporary.
Victoria Dugger’s work in “M4: Second Severn Crossing,” MINT’s show at Hathaway Contemporary.

Among the more memorable works in “M4: Second Severn Crossing,” MINT Gallery’s show at Hathaway Contemporary, are Victoria Dugger‘s creepy-in-a-good way biomorphic sculptures. The 11 artists in the juried exhibition, on view through June 4, were selected from over 300 submissions by Art Papers editor and artistic director Victoria Camblin.
Dugger earned her BFA from Columbus State University in 2016. Last year, her work was included in the “Nasty Women Exhibition” at the Knockdown Center in Queens, New York, and she won the $10,000 first place prize in the exhibition “(RE) Invention – VSA Emerging Young Artists Competition” at the John F. Center for The Performing Arts, Washington D.C. She has said that her work “contemplates the phenomena of beauty and the grotesque … through the heavy distortion of the human body,” which is evident in forms that are recognizable yet foreign, grotesque but not gruesome. Reminiscent of sculptures by Belgian artist Berlinde de Bruyckere and early Senga Nengudi, they are grounded in the body yet never offer a resolved, whole form, which is part of their allure.
Victoria Dugger's work in "M4: Second Severn Crossing," MINT's show at Hathaway Contemporary.
Victoria Dugger’s work in “M4: Second Severn Crossing,” MINT’s show at Hathaway Contemporary.

Victoria Dugger, Soft Machine Zero Victoria Dugger, Soft Machine Zero, 2015; encaustic and nylon, DV.
Victoria Dugger, BOdy Party 2
Victoria Dugger, Body Party 2, 2015; encaustic and nylon, DV.

 
Body Party 5, Victoria Dugger, Nylon and Found Objects, 9 in X 12 in(x3), 2017
Victoria Dugger, Body Party 5, 2017; nylon and found objects, 9 by 12 by 3 inches.

 
Soft Machine 3, Victoria Dugger, Encaustic and Nylon, DV, 2015
Victoria Dugger, Soft Machine 3, 2015; encaustic and nylon, DV.

 
Victoria Dugger. Soft Machine 4
Victoria Dugger, Soft Machine 4, 2017; nylon and found fabric, DV.

 
Victoria Dugger, Soft Machine 2
Victoria Dugger, Soft Machine 2, 2015; encaustic and nylon, DV.

 
Victoria Dugger, Self Portrait 2
Victoria Dugger, Self Portrait 2, 2015; mixed media on panel, 48 by 32 inches.

 
Victoria Dugger, Self Portrait 1
Victoria Dugger, Self Portrait 1, 2015; acrylic on panel, 32 by 24 inches.

 
Cavity I, Victoria Dugger, Encaustic on Panel, 25 in X 25 in, 2015
Victoria Dugger, Cavity I, 2015; encaustic on panel, 25 by 25 inches.

 
Victoria Dugger, Figure Study 27
Victoria Dugger, Figure study 27, 2017; graphite on paper, 22 by 28 inches.

 
Figure Study 23, Victoria Dugger, Graphite on Paper, 9 in X 12 in, 2016
VIctoria Dugger, Figure Study 23, 2016; graphite on paper, 9 by 12 inches.

 
Victoria Dugger, Figure study 18
Victoria Dugger, Figure Study 18, 2016; graphite on paper, 9 by 12 inches.

 
Figure Study 11, Victoria Dugger, Graphite on Paper, 9 in X 12 in, 2016
Victoria Dugger, Figure Study 11, 2016; graphite on paper, 9 by 12 inches.

 
Composition- Top to Bottom ( Figure Study 8, 7, 9), Victoria Dugger, Graphite on Paper, 22 in X 28 in, 2017
Victoria Dugger, Composition- Top to Bottom ( Figure Study 8, 7, 9), 2017; graphite on paper, 22 by 28 inches.

 
Composition- Left to Right (Figure Study 12, 10, 13 ), Victoria Dugger, Graphite on Paper, 22 in X 28 in, 2017
Victoria Dugger, Composition- Left to Right (Figure Study 12, 10, 13 ), 2017; graphite on paper, 22 by 28 inches.