Today we’d like to introduce you to Victoria Yunta.
Victoria, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
Years ago I remember watching this documentary on the human face. It explained how faces that are more symmetrical are considered to be more beautiful. I found this concept intriguing and started to pay more attention to people and how “symmetrical” their features are. I very quickly noticed that most people don’t have perfectly symmetrical features at all, even the people I found to be naturally attractive. But I can’t discredit the science behind these studies simply based on my own perceptions, so there must be some truth to the notion that humans are attracted to symmetry.
Years down the line I start tinkering with 3D modeling and begin creating these wearable geometric forms in silver. Then one day I realized, “I’m adding super symmetrical objects to the human body!” The subconscious mind is an interesting thing.
Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I’ve explored a variety of different artistic mediums in the past but fell in love with metal smithing. More recently I’ve started incorporating modern fabrication technologies into my works, designing the objects digitally, 3D printing the forms then casting the pieces in sterling silver. I find that this technique gives the work a kind of precision that’s difficult to achieve through hand fabrication alone. This precision is essential for my concept of adorning people with super symmetrical objects. The juxtaposition of these pieces with the human body creates this incredible balance and harmony. They highlight the asymmetrical, the imperfect aspects of our human features. I think those “flaws” are what makes each of us interesting and beautiful.
In your view, what is the biggest issue artists have to deal with?
I believe the role of the artist has always been to share, and to do so with fearless honesty. Being completely and genuinely open about our experiences is a terrifying thing, but it’s also the only way to make real human connections. With all the political and social turmoil, we face these days I think people just desperately want to get to a place of universal empathy and understanding. Artists need to continue to make genuine connections, inspire important dialogues and continue to ask their audience to engage with the difficult questions.
What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
You can find images of my work on Instagram, or on my website: yuntastudio.com. Some pieces will soon be available for purchase in certain museum shops next month. I’ll announce the info on Instagram once everything is set to go.
- Website: yuntastudio.com
- Instagram: @yuntastudio