‘Students are crucial to art. It’s realistic to spend time around the youth.’ With such strong feelings on the subject, it’s no surprise that famed artist Diane Victor cherishes her roving printmaking studio in the various universities where she teaches.
Photographed here in 2013 at the University of Pretoria, Diane was working on a set of lithographs examining the cultural response to rhinos in China. She strongly acknowledges the impact of a teaching environment on her work.
‘Students keep your feet firmly on the ground, they’re very critical. Plus, they provide endless access to subculture and new technology.’
The artist also has a permanent drawing studio in August House, Johannesburg, and she says moving between the various locations provides the necessary cross-pollination she needs to keep her work fresh and inspired.
This excerpt was originally published in HL April 2013