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Vikki Drummond

Vikki Drummond

Vikki is an autodidact who left the BFA program at Okanagan College after one semester. She followed a boy into the Business Administration program and graduated with a Diploma in Marketing. She then spent 20+ years in Sales & Marketing, eventually meeting her husband and owning/operating a restaurant and bar. She left her position with a multi-national company to have a second child and found her way back to her love of art in 2012. Vikki has had her work selected for public display by the City of Victoria and has collaborated with Bones Brewery on a beer label with her artwork.

She has a soft spot for strawberry lipgloss and wishes her legs were longer. She believes in faeries and loves gummy bears and those strawberry marshmallow candies when they are just slightly stale.

She now has a studio gallery in historic FanTan Alley, just a stones throw from Gallery Merrick in downtown Victoria BC! 

ARTIST STATEMENT - "Girl Interrupted" Collection

Distortion and excavation are at the core of my practice. These ideas underline a sweetly dark sensibility that feels more real than the world around me. I work mainly in abstraction and a loose form of figurative as a path to processing the complexities of being human. I favour a flattened, often partially obscured image over a realistic one simply because I question our reality.   Societal behaviour is bizarre to me and life as a whole, beautifully absurd. 

In this series I centred on the fragility of human connection.  A recent decision by my husband and myself to make a big life change also facilitated this exploration.  By moving from the Okanagan to Victoria and downsizing from our family home to a small condo right downtown, I was experiencing daily exhilaration and discovery.  With covid restrictions and the mask mandate, I was simultaneously feeling thrilled by our new surroundings and isolated from them.  In addition I discovered that by covering our lower faces, I became obsessed with what I could no longer see or read. Our human ability or lack thereof, to really “see” each other without making snap judgements based on outward appearances and societal norms came into question for me. So having limited subject matter and being restricted to my immediate surroundings, I began this work.  Each week I painted the same subject from a found image.  I repeated this process for several months.  But each time I approached the substrate and image the painting came out entirely different.  I found it intriguing just how much my emotional and psychological state at the time affected the perceptions I had of my subject.  I’m interested in how the imagination assembles impression, memory and experience into visual form.  Each painting becomes a metaphor for our transient perceptions.  I hope that the viewer can acknowledge that we do not each of us, operate within a vacuum.  We share a mutual connection and lived experience.  As a series of work it becomes a narrative on the dynamics of viewership.  It underlines the liquid boundary between seen and unseen, literal and psychological space and internal vs. external identity. 

I draw on my years of experience in the sales and business environment where I learned to read body language and environmental cues.  I also tap my own children’s drawings which represent a time in or development when emotional sight is at its clearest.  I wonder about the human struggle to be brave and honest.  With a light heart and a natural curiosity I strive to incite in the viewer a sense of recognition, discovery, or perhaps a touch of uneasiness.  My hope is for a heightened understanding universally about the vast difference between looking and seeing.

 

  • Pink Tooth & Comb by Vikki Drummond
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    Vikki Drummond

    Pink Tooth & Comb

    $400.00

    16" x 16" acrylic & graphite on canvas I have drawn these creatures from my imagination my whole life. Now I paint them. They are of indiscr...

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