Victoria Martinez is an interdisciplinary artist from Pilsen who attended the California College of the Arts and received her BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. She recently performed at Links Hall, exhibited at The Jackalope Art Conference in Northern Illinois University and The Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts in San Francisco. Martinez is currently creating a new body of work for a solo exhibition at Cobalt Studio in April.
“I spontaneously choose colors that make gardens sprout from my veins. I think of it as fireworks; the selection must excite me in order to make the relationship work. In terms of imagery, I enjoy sampling from my current surroundings be it a bush of enchanted evening roses, decayed encyclopedias or patterns accessible in thrift store aisles. I’m also drawn to imagery that includes text and patterns resembling my cultural background.”
The installation of outdoor fiber works depends on what is accessible on site. I utilize materials that already exist for example rusted nails or staples on the walls. There are times when these items change the form of my work, which is an interesting transformation that I appreciate. My mark making honors the urban environment and as the artist, I accept the changes that will occur.”