Yesterday night I stopped by Carl Hammer Gallery, here in Chicago (http://www.carlhammergallery.com)
What I read of her in the American Visionary Art Museum is that she is an "award-winning multidisciplinary artist based in the Homewood community of Pittsburg, PA..." Her sculptures includes statues of female figures with their heads/ faces painted and with a wide range of objects attached to them as you can see on the images above.
The sculptures demand your attention; they demand and command to the viewer to enter into a dialogue with them; their simple standing there in front of them pulls you into searching for the meaning of the many objects attached to it as it allows for an story to unfold- a story that can be your story or the story of someone you know or universal story
I encourage you to go to the gallery's website and view each and on of her works if you can't make it to the gallery.
Follow this link: http://www.carlhammergallery.com/artists/vanessa-german
I must see exhibit! if you ask me ...