Ortiz, Virgil – “Hate is a Drag” Clay Figure
The pieces Virgil Ortiz has created an exceptional new series of pieces for “Taboo II: Fearless. Unshaken. Inspiring”. Virgil has focuses on various new topics of social commentary. Each piece is coil built, painted with wild spinach (black) and clay slips. This piece is entitled, “Hate is a Drag”. Virgil says of this piece:
“Sometimes we stand alone. Sometimes as a group. Gender roles and society often challenge how we see ourselves and are perceived. I wanted to depict a man getting dressed for drag along with the three fierce drag queens. To me it’s never about race, sex or gender but I just see people as people. Yeah, Hate is a Drag.” Virgil Ortiz
Technically, Virgil’s figurative work on this figure is extraordinary. He said he started the base in a triangle and then worked up from there. The entire piece is coil built. The various figures easily tell his story in a fun and yet thoughtful manner. As with man of his pieces for Taboo, the topics remain both timely and timeless.
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