Virginia McCracken is a Santa Barbara based artist who creates small scale assemblages...imaginary worlds inside boxes which are inhabited by paper mach figures. The expressively detailed characters are of unknown species, generally related to cats, dogs, rabbits, and horses. She creates evocative habitats for these creatures, some minimal and mysterious, others crafted like stage sets or rooms.
There are no explicit stories, although a hint of narrative is often contained in the title. The miniature works have been described as whimsical and touching, humorous, as well as dark. Virginia is inspired by make-believe and the notion of secured interior worlds. The viewer must step up closely because of the small scale and is drawn into the intimate, ethereal realm of each piece into his or her own story. Virginia has been making art for more than 30 years. Her work has been widely shown in California, Washington state, New York City, and inhabits collections across the globe.