Virginia Ines Vergara
In a natural history museum, I can vicariously travel around the world’s representative wild places, from woodlands to deserts. These places are painstakingly reproduced in dioramas that combine painted backdrops with three-dimensional flora and fauna. A special attraction for me as a photographer is that we see the dioramas behind a huge glass “window,” akin to the lens of a camera, which further distances the scene from normal observed reality. The glass underscores the artificiality of these lifelike yet clearly staged scenes and for me is related to a camera lens. At play here, then, are complex dualities of Nature and Art. In my photographs I try to move ever closer to Art.
Virginia Inés Vergara was born and raised in NYC. After receiving her BFA from Rhode Island School of Design and her MFA in photography from Hunter College, she has maintained a studio practice in Brooklyn. Her
photographic work embodies meditations on light, perception and proximity. Her work is included in numerous private European and American collections.