Fix You a Plate
In this mixed media work on canvas, the artist dissects her identity as a Black, disabled woman through a blend of playful imagery and grotesque forms. The surface of the composition is richly layered, both demanding attention while refusing any simple or reductive legibility. This painting channels the complexity of the artist’s identity through bold colors, sly references to art history, fractured patterns and overflowing viscera.
Dugger wrote in a recent essay: “It’s easy to be overlooked when you don’t have a seat at the table, but thankfully I always bring my own chair. As a disabled Black woman, I have a desire for people to accept or appreciate me for both my surface and what’s below it; to humanize me not because of my appearance, but despite it.”
Ambivalence is a core theme in Dugger’s work. The artist's figures exist on the border of abstraction and representation. Neither utopian nor dystopian, the artist's compositions feature bodies that simply refuse to be contained. Dugger's work evokes nostalgia for girlhood, while also imaging possible futures.
In her work, Victoria Dugger explores novel modes of self-expression and embodiment. Encompassing painting, mixed media and sculpture, the artist’s practice blurs accepted categories. Dugger’s playful compositions employ grotesque imagery to dissect the artist’s identity as a Black, disabled woman.