"Despite Victoria Selbach's realist approach, she traces her artistic style back to the religious artworks she encountered as a child. 'The first artworks that had an impact on me where the religious paintings and illustrations that I stumbled on growing up Catholic,' she said. 'The heavy laden creepiness intrigued my imagination and curiosity. Their stark contrast to my sunny cheery childhood hinted at something darker, more adult, something to be feared and yet drawn to. It is the physical weight of those pieces not the fantasy aspects that I can see in my current work. They had an ability to pull the viewer in, to create a desire to know the emotion, to experience empathy.' Citing artists from Diego Rivera to Jenny Saville as influences, a strong conviction that women are beautiful as they are remains at the core of Selbach's artistic mission. The artist describes her artistic abilities as: 'The power to show real women, honest, present, complex and complete. Individuals, radiant in their own right. Not stripped of their personhood, or manipulated for a fantasy or metaphor. I like to think the power of lifting the veil from individuals helps to challenge societies darker fetishes and beliefs, perhaps shatter notions of bigotry and stereotypes... One of my greatest joys is working with women who do not usually dwell in this side of their beauty and yet in the work recognize themselves completely, as they are and magnificent.' "
(Text via Huffington Post)