Work in progress: Diane Victor, 4 Horses: Bayard 2010, Etching, embossing, digital printing and drawing 171 x 121 cm, August House (photograph MAMs)
One of the many advantages of being a member of Friends of JAG – Johannesburg Art Gallery – is that art enthusiasts are able to gain unprecedented access to artist studios on visits organised by the gallery.
Diane Victor in her studio in August House, downtown Johannesburg, explaining how she has gone about creating Birth of a Nation Series: Marsyas: Detention, 2010, charcoal and sepia wash on paper, 140 x 95 cm (photograph MAMs)
On a recent visit to August House, a building in downtown Johannesburg converted into artists’ studios, Friends were able to observe first hand Diane Victor in action preparing for her then upcoming exhibition, Transcend, at the Goodman Gallery in Parkwood, Johannesburg.
Diane Victor in her studio demonstrating the volatility of ash derived from burnt books used to create her dust drawings such as Transcend series III, 2010, 151 x 100 cm (photograph MAMs)
Victor explained how her works evolve, how she continuously experiments with different subjects and materials such as ash and charcoal to create ‘dust’ drawings. She also illustrated how she uses a candle to burn images into paper and how she grapples with different digital print and etching techniques to create her large scale art on paper.
Diane Victor in her August House studio with a 'smoke' artwork created from the heat and smoke of a burning candle that 'burns' the image into the paper. Victor has constructed a special structure to hold the paper above her head enabling her to work from below. This is another one of Victor's techniques requiring extraordinary skill and control as the materials are so volatile and unpredictable. (photograph MAMs)
Diane Victor, Transcend exhibition, took place at Goodman Gallery, Parkwood, Johannesburg from 15 April to 22 May 2010.