Lives and works in Muncie, IN
Victoria Bradbury’s practice is rooted in both history and the present. Her site-specific installations relate to her fascination with contemporary society’s wanderlust sensibilities and her own search to call someplace “Home.” The female characters she creates, such as Madame Blueberry, are based on American history and culture. In Midway Projections, 2010, Madame Blueberry serves as a turn-of-the-century Magic Lantern projectionist at the 1901 Pan-American Exposition. Held in Buffalo, the Exposition was also the impetus for the Albright-Knox’s historical 1905 building (although it was not finished in time). Here, Bradbury aims to recreate the midway experience as she invites viewers to peer into Madame Blueberry’s projection cart, only to find their faces in the most unlikely of places.
On view at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery
To hear the artist’s audio statement, click the audio player below: