Angela Victor '99 - March - April 2012 Alumni Online Exhibition
Living in an urban environment, nature is often absent. By creating art that bring a reflection of nature to sterile and industrial atmospheres, I try to find a balance between the two. Through the expression of this juxtaposition, the viewer becomes aware of the lack of natural spaces. Most important by recreating nature within its void, I reflect on my unnerving concern with overdevelopment. By being able to voice these concerns, I hope to bring a consciousness to society that in return will enable change.
Nature has always been the root of my exploration. Sourcing from nature I find an immediate correlation to the body, specifically the womb. The womb not only becomes the center foundation from which my work is developed, it is used as a vehicle to create connections between the self and the outside world. Through the use of fragile and delicate materials, such as wax, latex and Japanese papers, I further push the womb as a theme.
My approach is highly enhanced through the use of texture, layering and translucencies, creating not only imagery, but utilizing a sense of space to evoke an emotion response. Both metaphorically, and at times physically, the work I create envelopes the viewer. By using the forest and the womb as universal symbols, I create a setting where the viewer can go to reflect and find their own sanctuary. In nature I find hope and escape from a world full of despair and futility. The forest is the place I begin and from there I reach out and discover the answers.