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Material Matters: Photography and Mixed Media Collage at the Supreme Court Gallery

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“New Barn,” hand-colored photograph by Victoria Blewer, 2024. Courtesy image.
This Spring, the Vermont Supreme Court Gallery presents “Material Matters” ­— a collection of hand-colored and black-and-white photographic images and mixed-media collage by Weybridge artist Victoria Blewer. As a photographer and visual artist, Blewer explores a variety of photographic media that derive from silver-print black-and-white and hand-colored images of agricultural structures. Represented in this exhibition are many photographs to which oil paint has been applied to produce a hand-tinted time-captured image. These traditional photographic processes, achieved with the use of Kodak’s 35mm infrared film, create experiential visual effects. Even with the dwindling supplies of non-digital photography materials, Blewer has managed to continue this tradition.

 “I’m not the sort to live my life based on a bumper sticker, but one stuck with me as I realized that technology was forcing me to reimagine everything I have done or may do next as an artist: ‘Change is inevitable. Growth is optional.’ And isn’t growth what every artist strives for? I remain confident that I’ll be able to create new and different work as long as the fates allow. The material matters. But so does the vision.” — Victoria Blewer

Victoria Blewer was born in New York City, and is a graduate of Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. She refined her art with classes at The New School in New York City, the International Center of Photography (ICP), the Visual Studies Workshop in Rochester, New York, and the University of Vermont. She moved to Vermont as a young artist in the late 1980s.

Blewer has exhibited her photography broadly and has won many national and regional awards. Her work has also appeared in numerous newspapers, magazines and books.

She lives in Weybridge, Vermont, with her husband, novelist and author Chris Bohjalian.

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