CONGRATULATIONS SEPTEMBER 2020 IACA ARTIST
MINI-GRANT RECIPIENT, VICTORIA SMITS!
Click here to learn about our other September grant winner, Tara Rynders.
Congratulations to Victoria on a successful grant application!
The following is her grant proposal:
"I am a woman, artist, and mother. I fold laundry. I wash dishes. I make art. My art practice thrives on the found media from the mundanity of my surroundings: collections of dryer lint, dryer sheets, fabric, my son's drawings, found vintage books on home-keeping, stains and dyes extracted from spices and garden leaves. They are signifiers for my place but are fundamental to my vision leading to theoretical questions and artistic experimentation. I examine the historic constructs of mothers and how these conflict with matricentric feminism. I cull the minutia of the domestic role to inform expression on maternal empowerment in opposition to hegemonic ideologies of mothering. My practice intends to challenge the traditional patriarchal role of mother.
Current projects include a text over starched and ironed dryer lint series and documentation of unpaid labor in my home among smaller works. The ritual of domestic activities (lint from laundry) and the cultural female framework (found text) are stitched over in a ritualistic way to create a new liturgy of 40 performative acts, alluding to biblical tests or trials and a theologically enlightened hierarchal perception whereby gender egalitarianism is met and integrated into life. GPS records of domestic activities have been translated to vector format and laser printed on large, translucent acrylic. These present a visual language accounting for invisible labor in the home.
I intend to reframe perception through formative reinvention, a taking of the mundane existence motherhood can bring and transforming it, allowing an altered and divergent path.
My most recent GPS records of domestic activities involves acrylic with laser fabrication. The grant funds will be used to assist paying for photographing the larger works for submissions given they are too large to do this in my studio. I am at a turning point of producing work that speaks to the transition from a smaller imprint to a larger one in my submission process."