Virginia Mahoney

I/You Am/Are Me/You/Us, mixed re-used materials

Shielded State

These works process my study of societal injustices. We find ways to separate ourselves from one another through otherizing behaviors and systemic exclusionary policies. Through laborious processes, I honor work that is unappreciated and often uncompensated. With the words of exclusion and division, separation and inequity, pain and prejudice, I press viewers to consider the effects of these practices. Using forms that are ghostly or shield-like, I emphasize the shape-shifting ubiquity of efforts to undermine the welfare, security, and success of individuals who may not fit a "norm."