Victoria Martinez

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Artist Statement:
As an interdisciplinary artist, I compose and structure mixed media ephemeral collages. My objectives are to establish urban environmental interventions within abandoned spaces, on my own and in collaboration with the people who live in close proximity to these spaces. I collect and incorporate into my art samples of items such as discarded encyclopedias, textiles, kitschy articles, as well as ‘found’ entities indicative of urban environments and Mother Earth, for example boxes of fabric, string, photographs of flowers… Perhaps to many people the objects that I use in my art are superfluous and disposable. However, when I discover these materials in abandoned spaces, I think of these items in terms of giving them a chance at potentially better and longer lives. There is ‘mystery’ in all of these things; I will never know or entirely understand the history behind the commodities that I find as I explore in dusty warehouses or leaf through texts from aged journals. This process is fascinating to me. I relate this to the ‘feeling’ of calm air before the spontaneous, ejection of a speeding bullet or the intuitive anxiety of darting after the falling candy from piñatas.
Relationship to Chicago:
I grew up in the Pilsen community and was always inspired by the urban environment, graffiti, and murals. I spent a lot of my time at Harrison Park and visiting the National Museum of Mexican Art as a child and, once I became a teenager, I participated in art classes at Yollocalli Arts Reach, Marwen, and After School Matters. My experience growing up in the neighborhood inspired me to pursue a career in the arts and after receiving a B.F.A. from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 2010, I returned to Pilsen and began teaching art around the city. I love Chicago and everything that I've learned and experienced in this city and believe that I have the responsibility to share my knowledge of the arts with youth. I am dedicated to the advancement of art education and try my best to develop and execute art projects that can potentially inspire the younger generations to follow their hearts and chase their wild dreams through experimenting and exploring art. It is a fulfilling experience as an artist and I'm happy that I grew up in the Pilsen community.
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Places Of Residency:
Chicago, IL
Art Form:
Collage, Fiber Art, Installation, Mixed Media, Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture, Social Practice, Urban Art.