Sculpture by Victoria Scholes at Parallax Art Fair this week
Glass Turf and Kitchen Utensils; Sculpture by Victoria Scholes
In “Through the Looking Glass” by Lewis Carroll, Alice finds that her imaginative musings about the Looking-glass House do more than fill a dull afternoon; they open up a portal to another world. Her adventures start with the familiarity of her drawing room, but lead her through the looking-glass into a world where anything could happen and frequently did.
Drawing on Alice’s example, I create sculptural works that explore the tension between the things that define and shape us as people, and our need to escape from these things. With the Swathe series, laborious processes shape the work; cutting, arranging, constructing, but there are also elements that stray from the predicted path – tufts of glass wander from the regimented rows, and reflections throw green fire back up out of the bucket in which cut elements are contained.
My work always begins with that which is familiar - the everyday things that make up the fabric of our existence - but I look for ways that the imagination can transform what we think we already know into something new and different. I make things that people recognise but that are clearly something else too – exactly what is up to the viewer to decide. I work on the basis that it is where the imagination plays on what we think of as mundane or familiar that the seeds of change are sown, and new ways of thinking and being are opened up.
Works from my Swathe and Domestic Gospels series will be showing at Parallax
You are warmly invited to join me at Parallax Art Fair July 1st -3rd 2011 at La Galleria (Royal Opera Arcade), Mayfair, London, SW1Y 4UY. website
|Domestic Gospels XI, 2007. Photo Simon Bruntnell|