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Victoria Fuller

Chicago, IL 60622, U.S.A.
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A star made of traffic cones resembles a grain of pollen, spiked seedpod, or diatom. A larger-than-life garden shovel displays sunflowers, pineapples and birds of paradise. Natural and manmade forms fascinate me and my work seeks a correlation between the two. Common everyday objects are created for function yet retain inherent aesthetic. Synthesizing macro and micro patterns of nature with human-crafted objects creates dual dialogue between the manufactured and natural, conveying the exquisite importance of life, itself. By taking objects out of their original context, I eliminate their intended function to reveal unexpected beauty.

Found, everyday objects are uniquely modern modes of communication; created for function but retaining aesthetic in their design. And it’s no surprise. Because humans come from - and remain part of - nature, it’s only “natural” that manmade designs reflect their organic origins. The objects I choose and forms that inspire me (cubes, spheres, cones, grids) have correlates in nature...sometimes with humorous twists.

Industrial fabricated materials and geometric shapes recall 1960’s Minimalism. Usage of everyday objects and the idea of “material” playfully borrow from the spirit of 1960’s Pop Art and early 20th century Dada. Titles and visual puns suggest 1920’s Surrealism; a time when artists would place together seemingly unrelated objects that – like dreams – combined into something symbolic. Comte de Lautréamont articulated my vision well: “As beautiful as the chance encounter of a sewing machine and an umbrella on an operating table."