Mascaron 5 (Billinghurst 1741, Buenos Aires, Argentina), 2021, Inkjet Print on Rag Paper, charcoal enhanced, 14 x 17 inches, Unframed, Uneditioned, Unsigned.
Reflecting on this series, Maksymowicz says, "On a trip to Buenos Aires in the summer of 2019, I began photographing architectural mascarons, ornamental faces that gaze down from the façades of buildings in order to deter evil spirits.
"The word 'mascaron' literally means 'big mask.' During the early days of the COVID shutdown, I began drawing this other type of protective mask."
Virginia Maksymowicz (b. 1952, NYC) is a sculptor living in Philadelphia. She received a BA in Fine Arts from Brooklyn College, CUNY and an MFA from the University of California, San Diego.
Maksymowicz has exhibited her work at the Franklin Furnace, Alternative Museum, Elizabeth Foundation and Grey Gallery in NYC; the Michener, Woodmere and Delaware museums in the Philadelphia area; and in galleries throughout the U.S. and abroad.
She was a recipient of an NEA fellowship in sculpture, and was just awarded a grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Art. Her artwork has been reviewed in Sculpture Magazine, The New York Times, New York Newsday, The New Art Examiner and The Philadelphia Inquirer. Her series, The History of Art, appears on the cover of The Female Body (University of Michigan) and a feature article, “Strong Supports” by Dr. Sarah Archino, was published in Sculpture Magazine. In 2020, she was featured in Amtrak’s National magazine.
She has thrice been a visiting artist at the American Academy in Rome, an artist-in-residence at the Powel House Museum (Philadelphia), and a fellow at the Vermont Studio Center.