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Mini Zoom Interview: Vicky Oldfield with Dr Outi Remes, Gallery Director
Vicky is an artist and printmaker who likes to find beauty in the everyday - some weeds on a road side, or a cluttered windowsill can set off a new collection. She treasures both the eccentric and the ordinary, inspired by collections of found objects and natural forms; she is fascinated with the structure and design found in flowers and plants, often redrawing the same plant many times over to explore the subtle variations in its form.
Vicky's still lives often incorporate seedpods, grasses, bottles and bowls collected on walking and sketching trips. Each piece tells a story using collage and drawing, referencing a memory, time or place.
She starts with drawing often directly on to the plate which is then drawn into and collaged with a variety of materials, card, fabric, paper, string, sand and anything else that may come to hand; it's recycling at its most creative! The plates are then sealed, inked up and printed in intaglio or relief on damp paper using an etching press. The embossed textural quality of the print is unique to this method. They are often printed in one colour and then hand painted.
Thanks to the process itself, Vicky is able to make small editions of the image; each edition will vary within its run due to the process itself and her desire to experiment. Each print produced is then unique.
After leaving school, Vicky attended Art College and then worked as a commercial designer in wallpaper and textiles in both London and Paris before becoming a full time artist in 2008. Her work has been exhibited in many major shows including the Royal Academy Summer exhibition and The Royal Society of British Artists, she has also exhibited in America and Japan.
Collagraph with chine colle
20 x 12 cms
Surrey Artist of the Year 2015 shortlisted artist
Vicky's strong images are created using collagraphs, an experimental form of printmaking. The prints are taken from plates which have been collaged with a variety of materials, card, fabric, paper, string, sand and anything else that may come to hand; it's recycling at its most creative! The plates are then sealed and then inked up and printed in intaglio or relief on damp paper using an etching press. The embossed textural quality of the print is unique to this method. The editions are variable due to the process and her desire to experiment, which means each print is unique, only the outline, the matrix is repeated, the colour and collage alters with each artwork keeping it fresh and vibrant.
Continually inspired by the small things in life, a collection of objects or a plant seen on a walk or in the garden, Vicky's prints are an atmospheric response to the beauty and fascination with things so often overlooked.
Vicky is based in Thames Ditton.