The Work of Diane Victor

August 01, 2016

This morning we thought we'd take a look back at the work of Diane Victor, who was profiled in our 2008 African Art issue. Diane has established herself as a major figure in the South African and International art communities and is renowned for her expert printmaking and draftsmanship. Her prints and drawings are known not only for their technical skill and compulsive linear detail, but also for their sharp political and social commentary and satire. Her works, although often drawn from global historical and mythological references, speak of the social and political inequalities and complexities of South Africa. Violence, racial anxiety and sexual repression are common ideas represented in the works. Combining both thematic and technical skill, Victor impresses powerful ideas on the viewer, never shying away from controversial or taboo subject matter.

"These works are made with candle smoke on paper, a medium I came across by a chance experiment. It involves literally catching smoke on paper. The medium is fragile and transient, dissolving if you try to stabilize my head and range from A3 format to over 1.5 meters in size.

I have worked with portraits of marginalized and threatened people. Shown here are examples from the series on HIV positive community members from the impoversished East Cape in South Africa, fragile and ephemeral lives often dissolving unrecorded, left as traces of smoke on paper. A second boy of work, The Recent Dead, memorialized recent murder victims from the Johannesburg region in a mass installation of portraits. Transient and vulnerable lives in a fragile society." - Diane Victor in the November, 2008 issue of Juxtapoz Magazine

Images courtesy David Krut Projects