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Verna Vogel

In North American culture, cities are mostly built by men and sewing is mostly done by women. In her studio, Verna Vogel builds cities with a sewing machine. A city is a place of concentrated human energy, full of human-made things. Even the green spaces in an urban environment are made by people, or at least they are managed, cultivated, and made accessible for almost everyone in a way that the countryside is not. The most deliberately designed urban green spaces may feature highly manicured, symmetrical rows of trees and evenly spaced flower beds. Urban grey spaces, though equally deliberately designed, do not adhere to the perfection of their architectural elevation drawings: you can find meandering footprints on straight sidewalks, random patterns of discarded chewing gum on neat squares of concrete, and other signs of resistance to the order of human design. This type of environment, where almost everything is human-made but not entirely under human control, is quite fascinating. Why do we build cities? Why do we build them the way we do? Through her development of construction and painting processes, Verna has created a unique visual language with which to explore permutations of the urban ecosystem.

Verna Vogel's CV