would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here? That depends
a good deal on where you want to get to, said the Cat. I don't much care where
- said Alice. Then it doesn't matter which way you go, said the Cat. - so
long as I get somewhere, Alice added as an explanation. Oh, you're sure to
do that, said the Cat, if you only walk long enough.
-Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland
Kinetic Installation Artist; 'Cheshire cat', Victoria Scott uses motion, vibration,
and repeating cycles as a means of illustrating personal stories.
She is primarily interested in the transformation of the personal through
the technological and the creation of simple mechatronic allegories. Her work
evokes imaginary landscapes reminiscent of Lewis Carroll, with its 'Wonderland'
The robot enters the minature carnival-like atmosphere with mylar walls, mechanical
mixing bowls and books that open and close in an eerie ghostly fashion and
transmits the images to Stolkholm. She explains that 'the autonomous interfaces
are the conceptual squares where ideas and materials meet and technology serves
as the balancer.
Teetering on the edge of that balance, the robot moves through her magical
world, and heads straight for the 'goo', which incidently, she mixed and
created herself, and receives a spoonful of the stuff right on top of
it. (yikes!) What happens when the robot gets stuck inside her installation?
'"You just pick it up, and set it back on course", she demonstrates.
Admiting that 'she wasn't one much for home ec.', citing that she would have
rather been in shop class, where you got to 'build things', her candy-colored
goo looked good enough to eat.
Her interests are in the fusion of material and immaterial (virtual) worlds,
and alchemy, in particular its fascination with subatomic matter. Since graduating
from the New Media Department at the Ontario College of Art and Design in
1991, she has exhibited in Sweden, Mexico, Toronto, Venice and California.
Where do her prowlings take her next? She speaks of dis-mantling her miniature
kinetic sculptures and re-mounting them as separate wall pieces. A woman with
power tools. A cat with flair.