Victoria Malcolm

Artist, Gallerist, Project manager

Concepts I am interested in how images speak, in the nuances of visual language and translation from one medium to another. I work figuratively as a route to narrative discursive painting based on photographs, both personal archive and found imagery. I assemble collections of selected images which offer connections both familiar and unfamiliar to the viewer, in order to spark associations of experience in the lives of others. Initially I looked back at my own life story with a background of schooling in apartheid South Africa, of being set apart by my awareness of the iniquities of apartheid at a time when it was assumed by the ruling class to be normal. I recognise and explore the legitimacy of appropriation and reference to the multitude of factors which make up my personal outlook and vocabulary. Revisiting Cape Town in 2010, I found myself paying attention to the images of wealth in property adverts, typified by swimming pools and spaciousness. An interest in the underpinnings of a civilised world have lead me to look at systems and objects which represent their function: water, in pools, firehoses, sewerage; for their aesthetic, abstract and pictorial design and their symbolic content as signifiers of an orderly existence now under question or development. Above all, the system of visual communication and its applications. Since taking part in an intensive workshop in johannesburg when I worked with impermanent materials I am exploring the potential of performative painting for public locations.This is in part a response both to the global surfeit of material objects as well as inequalities of access to disposable income. Influences beyond a standard western art schooling: Islamic calligraphy, Paul Klee, Tiepolo, Guardi, Tintoretto, Gerhard Richter, Luc Tuymans, Marlene Dumas, Tim Braden, Kurt Schwitters, Robert Rauschenberg, David Goldblatt, Martin Parr, the Bechers, documentary, collage and assemblage, arte povera. My formative years were spent living in North and South Africa and London before settling in West Wales, so I am an outsider, accustomed to adapting to new cultures and spoken languages. Career path An early training in traditional fine art painting at Hammersmith College underpins all my figurative work, with a more recent graduation in contemporary practice and theory for a 1st class BA (Hons) in Fine Art painting at the West Wales College of the Arts. I have long been involved in social practice in running an artist-led cooperative gallery. My longer-term ambition is to bring international connections to rural west Wales, building on the contacts made in southern Africa and at the 54th Venice Biennale and most recently at Thupelo 2012, an international artists' workshop at Triangle Network's Bag Factory studios in Johannesburg. My interest currently lies in bringing African and Welsh/UK artists together to share experience. I have embarked on setting up a Triangle Network international artists workshop in rural west Wales, and secured an award from the Arts Council of Wales to run a pilot workshop Popty bach 2013 in September 2013, with 6 of us from southern Africa and the UK. Next up may be Popty 2014, with 25 artists. read full statement

Location Carmarthen, Wales
Activities Adult education, Practice-based research, Workshops, Participatory projects, Project management
Artforms Project, Drawing, Painting, Photography, Printmaking
Website http://www.popty.org

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  • Popty 2014 international artists workshop

    Subject to Arts Council of Wales approval, I am applying for a grant to enable me to go ahead with the help of 5 other artists to plan and run a Triangle Network international workshop for 25 artists

  • Dylan Thomas centenary exhibition

    04/12/2014 – 31/12/2016
    Oriel King Street Gallery, 33 King Street, Carmarthen

    work made in response to the life and work of the poet Dylan Thomas as part of a group exhibition by artist members of a cooperative gallery in west Wales

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