Virginia King

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Virginia King

1946 - 

Born in 1946 in Kawakawa, Aotearoa. Attended Wellington Polytechnic School of Design in 1963, Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland in 1964/65 and Chelsea Art School, London in 1979.

King began focussing on sculpture in the mid-1980s, and has worked in Hinuera stone, bronze, aluminium, stainless steel, earth and wood. Underlying her practice is a concern for the environment, a passion for words and an interest in history and micro-organisms, all of which inspire and inform her work. Her work evolves through the equally stimulating and variously alternate experiences of exhibiting in galleries and creating site-specific work to be placed directly into the environment. In 1995 she created a series of floating works and she has since undertaken several private commissions in which she has designed ‘bridgeworks’ and walkways across swamps – one, Raupo Rattler, with percussive devices producing sound that intensifies at a central point along the route – and earth-based landform sculptures.