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Viky Garden

Viky Garden lives in New Zealand and has been an exhibiting artist since 1988. Mostly figurative in content, her primary themes are gender and social politics set within semi-autobiographical and allegorical narratives. Using motifs such as simple domestic props enables Viky to express her personal views.

Fabric and pattern are key compositional and thematic devices for her, visual links that connect past and present, and combine gender, memory and historical references.  Pattern in women's art is often considered merely decorative (the implication being 'light-weight'), but for me it's a potent device, a language or code by which I can readdress and challenge this assumption.

Viky’s painting surfaces have varied from rough hessian, backed on a solid board, to flat smooth hardboard where line and form dominate and the paint itself has been etched, to the stretched canvas paintings. The roughness of hessian grain is exchanged for the fine skin-like surface of canvas, emphasising detail and luminosity.

‘Over the last twenty years, positive public response to my work has provided me with a loyal private following, it's important for me to accept the validity of my own experiences and express them. While this can be a vulnerable thing to do, it is essential for my work.’

Miramar
Title: Miramar
Medium: Oil acrylic on canvas
Image size: 80cm x 60cm
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Ghostflowers
Title: Ghostflowers
Medium: Oil acrylic on canvas
Image size: 80cm x 60cm
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  Safe Passage
Title: Safe Passage
Medium: Oil acrylic on canvas
Image size: 96cm x 66cm
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  Bloom
Title: Bloom
Medium: Oil acrylic on canvas
Image size: 96cm x 79.5cm
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  Girlhood
Title: Girlhood
Medium: Oil acrylic on canvas
Image size: 80cm x 60cm
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