Tobacco Mosaic Virus (Effigy : Dinkins) 

by Danner Washburn

Through a new body of work, Tobacco Mosaic Virus (Effigy : Dinkins) proffers a domestic environment as the psychological extension of a Yadkin Valley North Carolina tobacco farmer. Once one of North Carolina’s cash crops, history has seen tobacco’s golden age wane, leaving a vacuum yet to be filled. This space and its objects examine how personal and community traumas, triumphs, and traditions manifest physically. As realities bend, who do we lose? And what remains when familiarity is all but lost?


Danner Washburn (b. 1994, Winston-Salem) utilizes sculpture, painting, sound, and installation to study the junctures between personal expression, consumerism, folklore traditions, and the built environments of rural American subcultures. In 2016, he received his BA in Studio Arts from Furman University, where he studied under the tutelage of Michael Brodeur and Terri Bright. Washburn has exhibited in the United States and Italy, with recent exhibitions at: SECAC Juried Exhibition, UT Chattanooga, Chattanooga, TN (2019); Gathered IV Juried Exhibition, MOCA GA, Atlanta, GA (2019). He currently resides in Winston-Salem, NC.