Virginia Mahoney’s mixed media sculpture incorporates sewing, recurrent clay forms, and handwriting. Ideas are often inspired or expanded through interaction with materials and process. She is intrigued by the ambiguity of words, standards, or categories, and fascinated by the variation in repetition. Skirting conventions in her working methods and material approaches, she often embraces fortuitous outcomes. Her current series of conceptual garments addresses obstacles and challenges; her vests and collars are the embodiment of barriers, rather than protection, identity or accessory.