USING RECLAIMED WOOD, VICTORIA WAGNER TURNS PIECES OF SECOND HAND, USED MATERIAL INTO ARTISTIC WONDERS THAT LOOK JUST LIKE MASSIVE GEMSTONES.
The wood is painted to resemble chunks of precious stones and follows the natural shape of the wooden curves, mirroring its organic growth. “My eye generally and naturally tends toward tessellation and pattern, seeking a rhythm that mimics regular pulse. On the one hand, visual order provides a place for the senses to rest, while colour relationships create problems for the brain to solve. I like this simultaneity,” says Wagner. “There is something confusing to the senses in combinations that vacillate between interval and tone, allowing for optical engagement and a perceptual unpredictability.” Each ‘facet’ of the gem is cut from the wood to create natural, organic lines that suit the piece and through methodical painting and layer on layer of colour, the artist creates unique pieces that are sure to catch the eye.