Diane Victor

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Zhané Warren started working with Diane Victor in January 2016. Amongst the etchings made were two works using the photogravure technique that captured Victor’s smoke drawings in the intaglio medium.

For Victor, the correlation between the medium and the message is of great importance across her oeuvre, and she first began to use smoke as a drawing medium in 2005 to portray the people she came across at an HIV soup kitchen in the Eastern Cape. The fugitive and unstable nature of the smoke ran parallel to the fragility and vulnerability of her subjects’ lives. Since then, Victor’s subject matter has expanded to include portraits of prisoners awaiting trial, missing persons and animals farmed for food.

Victor made smoke drawings onto heat-resistant plastic film to create White Noise and One Horn. These drawings were then exposed to the acid resist, light-sensitive pigment gelatin tissue and etched onto a copper in a series of acid baths. The drawings are destroyed in the execution of the technique. Hence, there is only one chance to get it right. The resulting plate, when printed, is true to the depth of tone contained within the drawings.

The technical success of White Noise and One Horn has allowed Victor’s elusive smoke drawing practice to come face to face with her printmaking practice, and, in doing so, the images have been opened up to a broader audience. However, the conceptual and symbolic impact of the medium-message relationship has been preserved in the loss of the drawings through the process. 

Victor’s 2018 etchings form part of her Which Hunt? body of work. This exhibition was at Goodman Gallery Cape Town from June to July 2018. 

Diane Victor was born in 1964. She received her BA Fine Arts Degree from the University of the Witwatersrand. She won the SASOL New Signatures Award in 1987 and became the youngest recipient of the prestigious Volkskas Atelier Award in 1988, which granted her a ten-month stay at the Cité International des Artes in Paris. Since 1990, Victor has been a part-time lecturer, teaching drawing and printmaking at various South African institutions, including the University of Pretoria, Tshwane University of Technology, Open Window Academy, the University of the Witwatersrand, Rhodes University and the University of Johannesburg.

She has had numerous solo and group exhibitions in South Africa and internationally and has taken part in several residencies in countries such as Poland, Vienna, the USA and China. Victor is represented in many public and private collections in South Africa and abroad, including The Victoria and Albert Museum, London and the Museum of Modern Art, New York. She has been the festival artist at ABSA KKNK, Innibos and Aardklop festivals.

 

Diane Victor, Because She Took Her Chances, Etchings, Prints
Diane Victor
Because She Took Her Chances
2018
Softground etching, aquatint and burnishing on Zerkall Litho 270gsm
Edition of 20
Paper dimensions: 66 x 49 cm
Image dimensions: 44,5 x 35 cm

Price R10400 (excl. VAT)

 

Diane Victor, Come To Daddy, Prints, Etching
Diane Victor
Come to Daddy
2018
Softground etching, aquatint, spitbite aquatint, drypoint, burnishing & scraping on Zerkall Litho 270gsm
Edition of 30
Paper dimensions: 66 x 49 cm
Image dimensions: 44,5 x 35 cm

Price R10400 (excl. VAT)

 

 

Diane Victor, Prints, Direct-gravure
Diane Victor
White Noise
2016
Direct gravure on Zerkall 270gsm
Edition of 30
Paper dimensions: 69,3 x 49,9 cm
Image dimensions: 40,5 x 30 cm

Price R11440 (excl. VAT)

 

Diane Victor, Prints
Diane Victor
One Horn
2016
Direct gravure on Zerkall 270gsm
Edition of 30
Paper dimensions: 69,3 x 49,9 cm
Image dimensions: 41 x 29,5 cm

Price R11440 (excl. VAT)

 

Diane Victor, Prints
Diane Victor
Pietà
2016
Edition of 30
Softground etching and spitbite aquatint on Zerkall 270gsm
Paper dimensions: 70,2 x 50,8 cm
Image dimensions: 44,5 x 34,8 cm

Price R12610 (excl. VAT)

 

Diane Victor
I See You
2016
Softground etching and aquatint on Zerkall Intaglio 250gsm
Edition of 20
Paper dimensions: 36,5 x 38 cm
Image dimensions: 20 x 22,5 cm

Price R5900 (excl. VAT)