As a young artist, Victoria Horkan trained as a textile designer at the University of Huddersfield in the UK and it was here that her tutors identified and encouraged an affinity with the “looseness” of paint that seemed at odds with the confines of more heavily mediated work with fabric.
She now draws her subjects from the natural world, depicting butterflies or schools of fish on overwhelmingly large canvasses, preferring to work on areas that measure at least 1m x 1m. The same wide flecks of paint that describe the rounded wings of a butterfly go on to become an aquatic environment populated by sifting branches of seaweed or darting fish. Where her butterfly works often depict a single insect, comprising collage elements as well as paint, her sea paintings are contextual, with a wide field of vision and multiple instances of movement.
Clear representation is neglected in favor of pattern and color and where the hand might have moved over cloth, the eye has to shift constantly to apprehend these marine scenes”.