1 If you weren’t an artist, what else would you be?
If I was going to opt for something totally out of the art, design field I would be a chef and a good one at that!!!
2 Name 3 of your least favourite artists.
I don’t think I’m in a position to criticize anyone famous but I really dislike art which purposely intends to repulse and shock because it’s just become boring.
3. Anytime, any place – which artist’s body would you most like to inhabit?
Damien Hirst as his views on Contemporary art are grounded yet intriguing. He’s extremely open about how he got to where he is now and he’s had the foresight and courage to follow an idea through. I wish I knew how to get Saatchi to one of my shows. It would also be nice to experience extreme fortune just for a moment.
4 What is your favourite ‘ism’?
Favoritism. Because its selfish and can be enjoyed if your the one accepting it!!
5 What was the most intelligent thing that someone said or wrote about your work?
A freelance writer wrote:
‘She filters ideas, trying to live with them for a number of days before heading back to the studio. This process helps Victoria distill the emotive quality of the object, rather than merely reproduce its physical form.’ Referring back to Damien Hirst he has also suggested that sometimes writers about your work can embody and depict work better than the artists ability to describe the process themselves. I think this is true, I’ve always been of the idea that the viewers interpretation of my work is far more important. I am the creator whilst the viewer is the thinker, the one who will engage with the painting in an intriguing way.
6. And the dumbest?
I think it would be unfair of me to dismiss someone’s views as dumb because you will always get those people who just don’t get it. I guess the most unnerving comments from those who say ‘I could do that’.
7 Which artists would you most like to rip off, sorry, I mean appropriate as a critique of originality and authorship?
I don’t think you can ever produce anything totally new which doesn’t resemble anything that’s ever existed. I purposely don’t look at other artists for inspiration because I think you can become caught up in their visions which would inevitably limit yours rather than enhance it or inspire you.
8 Do you care what your art costs? State your reasons!
To a man who wants to pay £500.00 for a painting and takes great appreciation from the piece- I would say ‘no’. If you look at the bigger picture (excuse the pun) then yes it’s relevant because until your art is sought after and highly regarded in the art domain then people wont stand up and notice you or take you seriously.
9 What are the three big ideas that you would like your work to express?
Movement, expression, simplicity
10 Are you a political artist?
No, politics is grey ground for me and I would never want to be grey.
11 How do you start the process of making work?
You somehow have an idea and you can visualize and develop it but you can only do this as you actually progress in the painting. The paintings main focus might be about colour but somehow your emotion comes through and you hope that people are moved by what you do and they will have there own take on what your paintings are about.
12 What next?
A large solo show in London, held by InterfaceFlor.
13 If Moma and the Tate and the Pompidou wanted to acquire one of your works each, which would you want them to have?
‘Birds of Prey’ (above) but preferably a new painting as the work is always developing into something better.. I hope.
14 Complete the following sentence “Blessed art the artists, for they shall…… always be slightly pretentious about their work in the hope that this will elevate them into stardom”
15 Complete the following sentence “Blessed are the curators, for they shall…take an open view on those just emerging onto the contemporary art scene and note when something good has just walked through door”
16 Complete the following sentence “Blessed are the art critics, for they shall….always say good things about us new comers”
17. What is your favourite cheese? Oh I can’t pinpoint that there are just too many.. a nice continental selection with a good bottle of red.
18. What’s next for you? More exhibitions and getting my work seen in the right places.