Who are you and how long have you been an artist?
My name is Victoria Thompson and I have been making art in a pretty serious way since I was a kid.
What medium(s) do you work in & why?
Currently, I love working in water color and mixed media – specifically using abandoned antique photographs of people. I paint on top of the images trying to create a new world for the subjects. I started doing this after spending time wondering about the pasts and futures of the people in the piles of photographs that can be found at flea markets and in thrift stores. What if I could change their pasts?
What is your creative process like?
I photocopy all of my photographs and carry them around with me for a long time, doodling on them and trying different things until I like the story that I develop for each photograph. Then I sit down and start to work on the actual photograph. Right now, I really like to use space and robot themes. Many of my pieces end up with a whimsical but somewhat melancholy feeling that I really like.
What is the best art-related advice you’ve received?
Don’t let anyone try to tell you what’s art or what’s not art. If you make it, it expresses what you are thinking or feeling, and you’re proud of it, it’s ART.
What is the biggest challenge you face as an artist?
Time! I make art for my own enjoyment and the enjoyment of those around me – but not as a part of my full-time job. Finding the time to work is hard. I still try to find time for art everyday even if it’s just observing and appreciating a slap (sticker) on a street sign. It’s all art!
Choose one piece that you currently have on display at Artomatic and tell the story of that piece:
The very first image that I created in my current work uses a cabinet card from the late 1800s/early 1900s. I put an image of a teenage boy into an astronaut suit as an experiment and it stuck! It was the answer I had been looking for during all that time of pondering the subjects of abandoned antique photographs. I started calling these images AstroNUTs since they seemed a little zaney and were mostly space themed.
What is your favorite part of the Artomatic experience so far?
My favorite part of Artomatic 2015 (my first one!) has been spending time with all the DC-area artists and supporters of art! Everyone has a great and unique perspective to share and I love being immersed in the experience with such a strong community.