Vikki Drummond has been creating with words, paint and graphite for as long as she can remember. Her paintings are a process of adding, removing, drawing, scribbling, writing, wondering, scraping and eventually stopping. She works in layers and is under the impression that she stops when she sees the finished work. Her technique is revealed in the bits that show through, like a secret or a dirty thought.
Who knows why we do the things we do? Vikki started her advanced education in the Fine Arts program at Okanagan College after high school. However she left to follow a boy into the Business program and pursued a degree with a major in sales and marketing. She proceeded to spend many years in this field.
I feel that for the past few weeks I have neglected an art form that involves movement, expression, colour, with shapes and lines arranged in a harmonious correlation.
I’m talking about paintings; the type of art you hang on a wall. When I see a painting, it creates a conversation of energy inside my mind. I might not even have the words for it, but I know I am excited at first glance. Seeing the work of an artist is so much more than viewing paint on a canvas; it’s a story that I can relate to in the moment. Even a figurative portrait is a pocket of time that I stare at and imagine a story in.
While doing my research, a local artist came into my radar and piqued my interest with a series of paintings themed around the fantasy of Alice in Wonderland . Vikki Drummond has created a succession of abstract paintings with this fantasy theme. The stories of Alice are adored by all who read the books or even perhaps watched the films. We, as adults with pallets that are slightly more sophisticated, can celebrate our child-like imagination by enjoying this exhibition aptly named Visual Meanderings. Created by Vikki and represented by ARTE functional owner Carolina Sanchez de Bustamante, the pieces are on displays from Sept. 15 until Oct. 15. There will be an open house on Sept. 24 from 1-4 p.m., with the artist in attendance. Everyone interested is welcome to attend and if you would like to see more before you visit in person, go to; vikkidrummondart.com and link to the wonderland collection.
|What is your favourite quote?
Currently it is one by the poet Mary Oliver;
You do not have to walk on your knees for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You need only let the soft animal of your body
Love what it loves”
664 Armour Crescent
2016 ArtaFacts, Daily Courior – Anna Jacyszyn – September 20, 2016
2013 60 Artists 60 Spaces – Arts Council Central Okanagan