Victoria Paterson’s work deals with her own subjective experience as well as diverse, often conflicting themes around perception, gender and femineity. Largely self-taught in printmaking methods including woodblock and linoleum cut relief techniques, Victoria’s educational background is in psychology and design communications.
Choice of medium in itself serves as inspiration for her work. The tactility of printmaking techniques requires physical connection with the artist, from touching, to carving to pressing. Interesting in its contrast with the outcome: a seemingly two-dimensional, flat and what one might consider an outdated final presentation. In this it creates an inherent challenge to make something contemporary and meaningful in a society that has long moved past these methods.
Also seen throughout her work is a connection to constructions of femineity. Victoria is inspired by subtle and symbolic stereotypes of femininity such as delicate detail and the flowing and folds fabric. These prints also nod to artists such as Yayoi Kusama and her focus upon humanity and techniques such as ‘stereotypical repetition’. Through this is an expression of certain themes such as social injustice and yet simultaneously an attempt to stand-alone from these ideas just as Kusama’s does.
2015 – Finalist Salisbury Watershed Art Prize
2015 – Finalist Mark Butler Youth Art Award
2015 – Finalist Lloyd Rees Memorial Youth Art Award
2015 – Finalist Rick Amor Print Prize