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Virginia A. Spiegel

Virginia A. Spiegel, a Midwesterner by birth and choice, exhibits her award-winning artwork in the U.S. and internationally in museums, art centers, and galleries. Her artwork is held in private and permanent collections throughout the world. Spiegel's artwork has been published in more than fifty magazines, books, and catalogs.

Fiberart For A Cause, founded by Spiegel, raised over a quarter of a million dollars for the American Cancer Society through the generosity of fiber artists and patrons.

Artist Statement

My artwork attempts to emulate the power of Nature to use simple materials to create complex forms by building layers and to endlessly recycle materials. I work almost exclusively as an abstract artist.

I create all my materials for textile artworks from white fabric by painting
(with many tools including brushes, found and made marking objects, and brayers) as well as screenprinting. It is a very meditative process and intergral to the type of textile artwork I produce.

A very common response to my artwork is that no photo ever conveys the depth and complexity apparent upon personal viewing.

The twenty-three wilderness canoeing trips I have taken with my sister in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness have greatly influenced my work. My longest-running series, Boundary Waters, is based on specific places, emotions, and memories from our journeys expressed in abstract landscapes.

I consider my artwork a testament to our human need for wild areas. Sigurd Olson wrote: And so when we talk about intangible values remember that they cannot be separated from the others. The conservation of waters, forests, soils, and wildlife are all involved with the conservation of the human spirit. The goal we all strive toward is happiness, contentment, the dignity of the individual, and the good life. This goal will elude us forever if we forget the importance of the intangibles.

When not working on a series, I often create one-off artwork to comment on environmental issues. See also the two-year The Garbage Day Project.

I follow an idiosyncratic work schedule in the studio which mirrors the progression of Nature throughout the year. Read more about my creative process here.