Victoria Blewer was born in New York City and is a graduate of Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. She refined her art with classes at the New School in New York City, the Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, NY and the University of Vermont.
Artist Victoria Blewer has spent a lot of time in Cuba recently. She describes it as an amazing time capsule. “The 1950’s cars are gorgeous,” she says. “And a point of pride for their owners.” Blewer has spent decades seeking precisely this sort of funky subject matter in America, and so Cuba, for her, is a visual paradise. “Though the cars are gas-guzzlers and some are held together by duct tape, they are a delight to photograph,” she says. Blewers’ pictures highlight the ornate world of stone porticos and statuary which adorn Havana’s older buildings; the iron and grill-work are also spectacularly detailed. She says that the people of Cuba were open and engaging and happy to be photographed.
Victoria Blewer strives to capture America, and now Cuba, at its most eccentric, most idiosyncratic and, sometimes, its most serene with her new digital work. Only occasionally does she photograph people; instead, she chronicles who we are by what we build (and often desert) and how we live. Americana has been a theme that she has explored since she first picked up a camera. Her subjects range from glitzy and grandiose hometown theaters to large signage promoting the latest local motel. Her work also explores how we view our vehicles as extensions of who we are and what we believe.
Each of these images is in a limited edition of 15; each printed on archival paper and printed with archival and eco-friendly inks at the renown printer Cone Editions.
Encaustic means to burn or to heat in Greek. Adding layers of beeswax to a surface has been around for centuries. The Egyptians used the process for funeral portraits of the deceased.
Encaustic Photography is the process of adding hot wax layers to a surface with an adhered photograph. A few layers of wax can be added or many layers can be added, depending on the result the artist hopes to create. Color may added to the wax for different effects. After each layer of wax is applied to the surface of the piece, the wax needs to fused to the surface with either a heat gun or torch. Final result is permanent.