Victoria Rosenfield is best known for her oil and acrylics portraits done with a huge amount of metal leaf. ”I believe art has the value of changing one’s life and this is one reason why I use a lot of gold and silver leaf.” With its emphasis of paint finishes and metal, her work has been described as a kind of three-dimensional abstract expressionist visionary dark art.
Self-taught, Victoria began painting at the early age of 5. In her early work in the 1990's she created portraits of strong female figures and later she experimented with abstraction. Iconoclastic artist, Victoria thinks that her art falls outside the confines of any particular artistic movement or period “There are only 3 terms that are able to define my art-Love, Beauty and Alchemy.”
Victoria Rosenfield born in 1982, is an American artist that creates mixed media artworks and drawings. By referencing romanticism, grand-guignolesque black humour and symbolism, Victoria creates intense personal moments masterfully created by means of rules and omissions, acceptance and refusal, luring the viewer round and round in circles.
Her portfolio doesn’t reference recognisable form. The results are deconstructed to the extent that meaning is shifted and possible interpretation becomes multifaceted. By applying abstraction, she creates work through labour-intensive processes which can be seen explicitly as a personal exorcism ritual. They are inspired by a nineteenth-century tradition of works, in which an ideal of ‘Fulfilled Absence’ was seen as the pinnacle.
By applying a poetic and often metaphorical language, she tries to develop forms that do not follow logical criteria, but are based only on subjective associations and formal parallels. This incites the viewer to make new personal associations. Her works appear as dreamlike images in which fiction and reality meet, well-known tropes merge, meanings shift, past and present fuse. Time and memory always play a key role. By merging several seemingly incompatible worlds into a new universe, she uses a visual vocabulary that addresses many different social underground issues.
The work incorporates time as well as space, a fictional and experiential universe that only emerges bit by bit. Her artistic labor directly responds to the surrounding environment and uses everyday experiences from the artist as a starting point. Often these are framed instances that would go unnoticed in their original context. Victoria Rosenfield currently lives and works in Rochester NY.