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Victoria Gaytan

BFA Studio

Artist Bio

Victoria Gaytan is a photographer and printmaker from Joplin, Missouri. She has lived in Joplin with her parents and a variety of pets in 2009. She loves the analytic process that comes with creating, like troubleshooting and coming up with novel solutions to problems.

Victoria’s photography is a mixture of minimalism and formalism, utilizing geometric composition to focus on obscure everyday scenes in life. She expands her photography using printmaking through an analog chemical transfer process, and has since branched out and begun printing on wood and MDF.

She want viewers to experience a sense of calm and familiarity within her work, and leave with the mindset of thinking analytically about space and composition as feel more comfortable in an empty area and be able to appreciate the space itself.
Her photography Instagram account is @vic_g_photography

Artist Statement

My goal is to bring minute moments to light, but to share with others there can be beauty in the spaces around us and, things that happen naturally. Not “naturally” in just relation to nature and the outdoors, but things that are organically part of life. Through photographic presentation, these daily occurrences in life become a form of art. Using photography and printmaking, I can present these moments in a more dimensional format, giving them a physical form in a new context.

For my senior thesis, I divided several images into 6 sections and each printed section onto medium density fiberboard (MDF) and assembled them into a different box. Printed at 5’ x 5’ per section, completed images will be create a 10’ x 15’ image via these boxes.

Because many of my photographs use minimalism and formalism, there are plenty of visual elements to tie each image together, even though they have been separated. My intention is for viewers to assemble the boxes to recreate the original image, similar to a puzzle, or to create a new composition using the lines, textures and shadows on each box. The goal behind this is for them to think analytically about the space around us and notice the nuances in our daily paths.

Since I use a digital camera to captures scenes in everyday life, and have transferred them to the MDF boxes, I have dubbed them “Life Pixels” because they resemble physical representations of digital pixels.