PHANTOM ORGANS is an 8″x10″ mixed media painting for BOTH AND, a series based on an image I’ve created  to express a general opposition to binary thinking. Depending upon the viewer, the image – a uterus with a cervix in the shape of a penis, with gonads that can be read as both testicles and ovaries – appears female or male or both.

The title BOTH AND is inspired by Freud’s Interpretation of Dreams: “if an uncertainty can be resolved into an ‘either – or’, we must replace it for purposes of interpretation by an ‘and’ and take each of the apparent alternatives as an independent starting-point for a series of associations.”

My initial drawings of the image were made in 2001 as a response to undergoing surgery to diagnose endometriosis. After experiencing additional “reproductive health issues” I had a radical hysterectomy. For me, BOTH AND is associated with health, gender, and equality.

I’m currently working on 3 5’x5′ paintings in the series. The  painting above is available.


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In Order of Appearance Index

ART   1.Keith Sonnier 2.Jonathan Borofsky 3. Chris Doyle at Andrew Edlin Gallery 4.Prada SOHO 5.Dan Flavin at 101 Spring St. 6.Roy Hargrove Quintet at The Blue Note 7.Oscar Bony 8&9.MOCA Transmissions: Art in Eastern Europe and Latin America, 1960–1980, Artisits- you tell me… 10.MOMA Sculpture Garden, artist- you tell me… 11.Juan Downey 12.Joan Miró 13.Barbara Rossi 14.Geta Brătescu 15.Robert Janitz at Teamgallery

FOOD   1.Marta Manhattan 2.Friend of a Farmer 3.MAMO NYC 4.Hudson Clearwater 5.The Dutch 6.Sarabeth’s Tribeca 7.The Greek NYC 8.Santina (for dinner and breakfast the next day) 8.Indochine 9.Joe’s Pizza on Carmine 10.I didn’t take any photos but The Shake Shack in Brooklyn

VIEWS   1.Manhattan 2.Central Park 3.Washington Square Park 4.Kimpton 70 Park 5.The New Whitney 6.The Highline 7.Reunion Goods&Services 32 Avenue of the Americas 8.Greenwich Village 9.Prada 10.SOHO 11.Downtown 12.Brooklyn Bridge 13.Brooklyn Hights 14.NYC Subway 15.MOMA 16.Chelsea Market 17.West Side Riverwalk Sunset 18.Uptown 19.Central Park 20.Washington Square Park 21.Fountain at 6th Ave and Carmine 22.Hotel Hugo


Screen Shot 2015-06-23 at 11.33.37 AMI’ve been posting video of my site-specific installations up at



350 N 4th Ave, Tucson, Arizona 85705. 100% of the proceeds go to benefit CASA LIBRE; raffle tickets are $5 AND ARE AVAILABLE IN PERSON AND AT CASA EVENTS IN FEBRUARY OR ON LINE AT Winners need not be present or may choose a work on display to take home that night. There will be no charge to mail prizes to locations outside of Tucson.

The mission of Casa Libre en la Solana is to cultivate and enrich a vibrant community of writers and artists through the invention, presentation, and appreciation of creative work.
Casa Libre provides- a venue for classes, residencies, readings and workshops, opportunities to artists by offering the resources and support they need to make their artistic dreams a reality and offers space for other community events related to arts and letters.

Casa Libre has these previous works in my Autopoiesis series on display.

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A generous portion of the sale of any of these works will be donated to Casa as well.

Raffle Prizes
One intaglio print
One 3″x3″ acrylic or mixed media on canvas
One 3″x3″ or 6″x6″ acrylic or mixed media on canvas or pine
One encaustic or acrylic or mixed medium of any size

Please see the slideshow below or visit to view potential prizes.

Work will be on display through February
Cafe Passe is at 415 N. Fourth Ave. Tucson, AZ 85705
Su-W 8 am – 8 pm
Th-Sa 8 am – 10 pm

Casa Libre is at 228 N. 4th Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85705

AUTOPOIESES at Cafe Passe January|February 2015

Please join me SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 21 at 8pm for a RECEPTION and WINNERS’ CHOICE RAFFLE. 100% of the proceeds go to benefit CASA LIBRE; raffle tickets are $5. Winners need not be present or may choose a work on display to take home that night.

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Interview by Jane Miller

JM: What is autopoiesis?

VG: Autopoiesis is a scientific term that describes the paradox that, in order for beings to be autonomous, they need to obtain resources from their environment. It plays out in these works metaphorically in the relationship of the pieces to each other, and in the way the viewer interacts with the pieces.

JM: What are the advantages to working in a small format?

VG: I can produce a lot of pieces that I can sell affordably.

The size gives me an opportunity to move back and forth, which inspires new combinations of forms and methods. In this case, I worked with oil paint in the encaustics, and I painted with acrylic, water, polyurethane, and some special mineral pigments from Peru; the look of the pigments, when sprinkled as dust and then wetted, inspired me to use oil paint over the encaustics to create some similar effects.

JM: Do you encourage your encaustic pieces to imitate sculpture?

VG: Definitely. I use sculpting tools when I make them. Pottery tools, dentistry tools, too. Also, many of the encaustic techniques imitate intaglio printmaking – similar to the way one etches lines in a metal plate, I start with a well of encaustic medium and carve the figures into it. Instead of using ink, I use medium in different colors to create an image or story.

JM: Your work seems to use both figurative and abstract elements. Do you see a relationship there, or do you experience those forms separately?

VG: I would call this series abstract symbolism, meaning my figures are less literal and more symbolic – some viewers experience the shapes as human, others as plants, etc.

JM: Your themes are often dark but your color palette is bright. Do you care to comment on that seeming disparity?

VG: I have seen that in other series I’ve done, but in this current body of work even the black, while literally “dark,” has bright, airy figures who are doing things, lively things, together at night. So I would say it is simply night, rather than describe the black backgrounds as emotionally heavy. No one’s alone, everyone’s with someone having a good time.

Café Passé is at 415 N. Fourth Ave. Tucson, AZ 85705

Su-W 8 am – 8 pm
Th-Sa 8 am – 10 pm


Art in progress for show at CAFE PASSE January-February 2014

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Join me at the reception- I’ll be raffling of four pieces to benefit CASA LIBRE! Details to come…


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