I enjoy the sense of kindness, openness and community that comes with living in the north, whether that be neighbourly, professionally or in friendship.Vic Wright
This week we’ve been talking to artist and sculptor Vic Wright. Based in the North West of England, Vic’s work focuses on the creation of unusual art forms and shapes. The space-like qualities of her work is not just intriguing and unique, but beguiling; transporting us to other realms and universes. Here we find out about her process, how the north has shaped her output, and why podcasts might just be the perfect lockdown accompaniment.
- Could you tell us about what your work entails?
Typically my work takes the form of casts, which are formed when a liquid material is poured into a mould and allowed to solidify. Using a base of cement different materials such as metal powders and pigments are added. When drying this results in different textures, colours and surfaces.
- What inspires your work? Has this changed over time?
I’ve found influence in how nature displays beauty in difference. l’m interested in using industrial materials to try to create delicate tactile results, which is a common thread throughout my work both past and present.
- How would you describe the work that you create?
I would say l have an explorative approach to my work. I’m trying to capture the differences between contrasting elements to create a visual language between materials. My work evokes the natural world, only amplified, distorted and moulded to give new context.
- What is the theme of your most recent collection of work? Is it different from previous work or a continuation of a theme?
For this new series of work l have expanded on the theme of naturalistic forms.
Referencing the visual textures of rock strata and organic mineral particles, my intent was to explore surface and texture in sculptural form. With deeper exploration into my materials such as cement filigree and hand grown crystals l wanted to expand into a coming together of contrasting elements and generate more intricate detail.
- Which artists do you look up to?
There are lots of artists l could have add to this list, for the simple reason that they or their artwork has impacted me in some way. Edward Kienholz, Barbara Hepworth, Eva Hesse, Joseph Beuys, Rachael Whiteread, to name but a few.
- How long have you been an artist and sculptor, was it always something you wanted to do?
From studying sculpture at University, making a living as an artist has been something l have always dreamt of doing. Throughout the years l have practised in various degrees, and even given up on the idea at points. But in the last couple of years l’ve taken the step to go full time in my practice and see where the future takes me.
- What are some of the challenges of your profession?
Transporting or shipping larger delicate pieces can be a challenge at times. Some of the added elements can be very fine and fragile. But fingers crossed no major incidents so far.
- Where is home for you?
Home is Heaton Moor, Stockport. It is also where l work as l have a home studio, which fits in nicely around my daughters school hours.
- What do you like about the North of England?
I enjoy the sense of kindness, openness and community that comes with living in the north, whether that be neighbourly, professionally or in friendship. It’s not to say that those qualities can’t be found elsewhere, but it seems to be in more abundance here.
- How has being based in the north shaped your creative output?
Being based in the north has undoubtedly shaped my creative output in every respect. I lived in London for 18 years and having the studio space, time as well as means wasn’t something l could obtain whilst living there. We moved back to the North 3 years ago and settled in Heaton Moor. A move that has allowed me to get back to my practice, and explore the joy and passion of making again.
- Have you got any suggestions for people spending time at home at the moment, books, shows, podcasts or hobbies they could pick up?
I’m a huge fan of podcasts and spend most of my working day listening to them. Particular favourites of mine are ‘Table Manners’ with Jesse and Lenny Ware, ‘The Adam Buxton podcast’, “Desert Island discs’, ‘Talk Art’ with Russell Tovey and Robert Diament and a new one l’ve been listening to is ‘The Creative Boom Podcast’ by a fellow creative woman from the north ,Katy Cowan.
View Vic’s work and exhibitions here.
WORDS: JENNA CAMPBELL
PRODUCT PHOTOGRAPHY: COURTESY OF LAUARA HUTCHINSON