Originally, a Fine Art and creative student, Victoria Sand worked in a secondary school teaching art where she rediscovered her love and talent for art. This provided her the environment to be inspired and to explore her creativity, flourishing as an artist. Consequently, she went on to study a BA Honours degree in Fine Art.
Report & Interview by Paula Boulos
In asking Victoria what brought her to Javea she shared, "I recently moved to Spain with my two children and I cannot quite believe the journey I have been on over the past year. I have overcome so many hurdles; I left my comfort zone and faced fears head on. My confidence has grown so much, and I am overcoming my anxieties."
She continues, "I have had to be so versatile, it has been so hard, including being admitted to hospital twice since I have been here as I suffer from a chronic illness triggered by stress, but I am well now and fighting back. I'm a different person to who I was a year ago."
After hearing about Victoria’s personal journey, it was equally important to further create an understanding in her work.
PAULA - You clearly have great experience in painting, what is your favorite medium to work with and do you focus on a specific subject matter?
VICTORIA - Thank you. I still have a lot to learn, to be honest my focus is currently quite commercial compared to my previous work where I focused on the roles and expectations of women and particularly domestic abuse.
I work a lot with acrylic paints, as I like to work fast and to a large scale. Recently, I have been working a lot smaller using watercolour and paper or fabric and fabric paints.
PAULA - Who would you say is one or more of your most influential artists?
VICTORIA - There are a few.... Frida Kahlo, before her time, was a legend for women in the Art world - an inspiration.
Marina Abramović is a performance artist whose work has a real emotional impact on me.
Susan Lacey influenced a lot of my work on domestic abuse; I just love her approach and the way she challenged society on subjects including abuse towards women.
PAULA - What do you gain personally from painting/art? What is your earliest memory of your creativity?
VICTORIA - I do find art has helped me through some really tough times, including being really ill, especially when I'm working on something personal, it helps healing and gives me motivation.
My earliest memory, where I realised I had a flare for art, I entered an Easter competition decorating boiled eggs and recreated a scene from 'Hickory Dickory Dock' to my amazement, I won.
PAULA - What do you hope to gain from sharing your art with the public?
VICTORIA - Currently, my work is quite reserved and I would like to think of it being lighthearted and something people would like to have in their homes to enjoy.
Previously some of my work has been shocking and not to everyone's taste, but I feel it got across the message I wanted at the time.
PAULA - Have you seen a change in your art technically or in subject matter since living in Spain?
VICTORIA - Yes, most definitely, not only for commercial reasons but I'm in a much better place and feel I can now enjoy the world around me and paint more positive subjects.
PAULA - Do you feel positive about the growth and future of art in Javea?
VICTORIA - I do, I feel Javea Art Hub is a great start where all kinds of artists can share ideas and bounce off each other. I have introduced some of my students to the group too and I think it is just going to keep growing.
CONCLUSION - It is evident that Victoria has been on a very personal journey which her art parallels, with her reflecting her experiences and emotions along the way. Her art is fueled with not only her personal experiences from good to bad but she is constantly challenging herself as an artist, with recently exploring photography where she has produced captivating images similarly to her beautiful paintings.