Saturday, December 31, 2011

Introduction: Vicki O'Shea - Iceland

I am an expat Aussie (originally from Perth Western Australia) now living in Iceland, if you want to know more about this move it can be found here. I have a Fine Art background mainly in Printmaking and after graduating I was employed by 2 universities in art/education as a Print Technician and Lecturer. As time moved forward this led to a full time managerial position, whilst I worked with a fabulous team of people at university education centres across regional Western Australia and gained heaps from the experience, the position was quite stressful and basically put to rest my art practice. The move to Iceland in part has been so that I can rekindle my practice which has laid dormant for the last 6 years.

I have previously mainly worked in printmaking creating very large prints up to 1.2m x 2.4m in size, I was very fortunate to have access to the largest press in the southern hemisphere at one of the universities I worked at. I have never really delved into the artist book realm at all and have only completed a very basic bookbinding workshop when I was a student. I did however love the workshop and filed it away as something to pursue one day. The one day has now arrived! I have a small etching press and an old nipping press that I acquired just before leaving Australia and have set up a studio space here to work in.

I feel a little daunted by the prospect of editions...because I worked with very large prints I rarely walked that road...I get easily bored and always was ready to move on to the next new I am so messy! As bookbinding and editioning are fairly new skills to me I am sure I will be hounding the more experienced BAOers for tips and hints and many thanks for those posted so far.

I stumbled upon the BAO blog earlier in the year and followed it for sometime (albeit anonymously) I am in group 5, the title that initially grabbed me was taken but after much deliberation, to-ing and fro-ing I have finally settled on #89 Other people, other rooms...I am still rolling this title around my head and have no idea at this stage where it will lead.

My art practice has always been about researching and mapping the invisible, the matter that cannot normally be perceived by the human senses. The invisible being the secret counterpart to the visible, the framework to which all life is inextricably entwined.

I wish you all a very happy New will be a fireworks spectacular here in Iceland!


Julie Russell-Steuart said...

Hi Vickie,
As another member of Group 5 and a new participant to boot, I'd like to say welcome. I think this is going to be a very interesting year ?! as we move along in the process of creating. I really like your subject matter/interest. It sounds so full of possibilities.

Aine Scannell said...

Hi there Vicki

I was pleased to see that you are based in Iceland as it is a place that is close to my heart. I have visited there twice and I have also exhibited there. One of my dearest friends, another artist printmaker is based there, although she has been raising her 2 beautiful daughters and working full time as an art therapist these past 10 years or so. They came to visit us here this summer for 3 weeks and it was lovely to spend time together.
She is a wonderful printmaker and I do hope she manages to be able to resume her art practice sooner rather than later. No website so you cant look her up. She is hoping her man, J, will be able to find full time employment soon now that he has completed his PHD. He is a marine biologist - just in case you know of anywhere ?? ........ that might be needing people like him.
I had a look at your website and thought " Oh I am pleased that this 'O Shea woman' is in our group !!! I am originally from Cork in Ireland and you must surely have roots that stretch back there too.


Angela said...

Welcome Vicki. Nice to have you on board :-)

Helen M said...

Hi Vicki - it's great to meet another group 5 member. I was quite excited to see your name in my group as I have a fascination with Iceland. I've never visited it, only the Scandinavian countries, especially Sweden (family found through researching my Swedish great grandparents who emigrated to Australia.) However those incredible white landscapes always attract my attention, as does anything about Iceland. I've just finished reading 'The Promise of Iceland' by Kari Gislason, a Brisbane academic who was born in an extramarital liaison between an Australian woman and an Icelandic man and it is about his quest to receive recognition from his Icelandic family.
I loved the photos on your blog and your studio looks fantastic - I look forward to the wonderful books that you will produce in it.

ronnie said...

iceland?! gads! talk about a bit of group envy! have fun - tell more (I for one would love to see/hear more of your adventures in iceland) - oh and as its jan 1st 2012 back here in oz - happy new year!

Fiona Dempster said...

Hi Vicki - great to see you'll be here at BAO; its a good way to have a focus and get stuck into something you've never done before - like editioning! Hope you enjoy; and keep us filled in on Icelandic adventures...

Vicki said...

Thanks everyone for your kind words of support. I look forward to getting to know you all more intimately as we go through this year.

I find Iceland a magical place and feel very blessed to be able to move here before I get to old to enjoy the new challenges I have set for myself. Visitors are always welcome and there are some great art residencies here if anyone feels so inclined.