Victoria Webb's paintings make a character
of color. She deploys it to evoke the natural world in hyper-vivid
hues across a vigorously composed canvas, taking and creating
pleasure in bold contrasts and eruptive energies that stimulate
the eye and imagination.
The qualities of abstraction in her work
are intense and playful, even kinetic: there is a strong
aspect that is akin to the improvisational gambit of a jazz
quartet, reinventing a familiar melody, turning it sideways,
digging into its core to reveal something unseen yet elemental.
Webb rethinks landscape as a field of desire,
sometimes unspoken and sometimes overwhelming, pure in its
force and forceful in its purity. As such, her paintings
reflect not only the kaleidoscopic shimmer of the natural
world, but act as a radiant prism for our interior landscapes
NYC/Florida based cultural critic
Steve Dollar has written about the arts and entertainment
for publications including a weekly City Arts column for
Newsday, Jazz Guide New York City (Little Bookroom),
The Wall Street Journal, The NY Review of Books, The NY Sun, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, GQ,
and The Rolling Stone Encyclopedia of Rock 'n' Roll. He
lives in New York City and Tallahassee, Florida.