Artist Vinnie Bagwell: Her Sculptures of New York’s Slaves Heal & Enlighten

August 4, 2011  |  
BiBi (Swahili name): “Grandmother”

“Anchored in realism, my style is defined by portraiture which provides insight into human character and shows a precise articulation of the human spirit,” Vinnie elaborated about the pieces. “My subjects are meant to be engaged, to invite memories of experiences and feelings. Each character is designed to remind viewers that artistry is a powerful, useful tool of social transformation.”

A Sculpting Natural

As a small child, Bagwell had a creative eye, and studied many forms of artistry. During an artistic lull in 1993, Vinnie realized she had not painted for almost seven years. Eager to get her creative juices flowing, she accepted an opportunity to attend a friend’s beginning sculpture course. Her first piece — a woman’s head — came out almost flawlessly. It was clear she had a natural talent. From that point, Vinnie began her journey in sculpture.

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