I'm VictorIa, I paint with a combination of beeswax, tree sap and pigment. It is an ancient medium called encaustic. It has a transparent, luminous quality that allows light to optically reflect back to the viewer. While I can’t take credit for that, I am conscious of the earthy, natural elements in my hands, my senses at play. My studio often smells like honey and bees will visit me there. I consider these bees, makers of the glorious wax, my tiny collaborators.
I delight in the physicality of making. Bring on the heat guns, torches, printing plates, wipers and scrapers of all kinds, odd kitchen utensils, pottery tools, pointy mark-makers that are designed for other uses; they are all at home in my studio. My art contains intended imperfections — lopsided rounds, rough scrafitto lines, uneven repetition, organic shapes, scores, textures and the occasional recognizable item.
I am continually fascinated by connections, the interweaving of psyche — all the physical and emotional threads we share as humans. Paths taken, neighborhoods lived, books read, songs heard, artifacts, friends, family — all are a constant source of wonderment for me. These connections show up and drive my art-making. Layer after layer, mark after mark, I let the piece tell the story. I watch for connections. If my art catches your eye for tiny nanosecond — I want that moment.
As you read this, we are now connected. Amazing!