Lake Worth collage artist Victoria Skinner has tables and hundreds of flat-file drawers in her garage-turned-home studio. The drawers hold what she estimates to be "maybe hundreds of thousands of images" she's been cutting from books, magazines and other sources for more than two decades.
She categorizes them by colors, shapes, ideas, body parts and other classifications that evolved from her need to locate just the right one for a particular collage. When a category becomes unwieldy, she breaks it into smaller categories.
|Lake Worth artist Victoria Skinner|
Body parts, for example, have been subcategorized. "I have drawers that are arms and hands," she says. "I have drawers that are legs. I have drawers that are heads."
ArtCenter/South Florida artistic director Susan Caraballo encountered Skinner's elaborate filing system while visiting her studio to select works for "By Hand," which opens Aug. 11.
The show at ArtCenter/South Florida is described as an eight-artist exhibition of works created meticulously by hand through "an intense and time-consuming method of production that is obvious in the final product." Other artists include Jenny Brillhart, Rosemarie Chiarlone, Robin Griffiths, Hugo Moro, Lea Nickless, Evan Robarts and Tom Virgin.
Caraballo, who is curating the exhibition, had not seen Skinner's work before visiting her studio, and she was struck by a series of collages Skinner created from magazine cutouts and transparencies in Petri dishes. "They're like really intricate drawings but they're collage," she says. "I had never really seen collage work like this before, especially in something as tiny as a Petri dish."
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