ABOUT THE ARTIST: VICTORIA A EPSTEIN
Victoria was born & raised in south central, Michigan. She graduated from SUNY New Paltz with a BA in Theatre. She lived in New York City for over 20 years. In 2012 she relocated to Portland, Oregon and currently resides there with her husband, composer, Matt Wilcox. She studied metals at the 92nd Street Y in New York City for 10 years, and has also studied at Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina & The Mendocino Arts Center in California. Her work has been featured in galleries in Portland and on The Oregon Coast, and she is currently a member of Rain Spark Gallery in Lake Oswego, Oregon. Her work can also be found in Art in The Village in SW Portland. In addition to being a jewelry artist, Victoria is a professional stage manager for dance, theater and special events. Highlights include Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre, The Lion King on Broadway and The World Science Festival. She was the Stage Manager for Oregon Ballet Theatre from 2012-2020.
I use sterling silver, copper, gold, shakudo, shibuchi & bronze in my work. I am trained in many techniques but my main focus for the past several years has been my mixed metal work with Shakudo & Sterling, creating one of a kind pieces. Shakudo is a Japenese alloy of copper and 4-7% gold. When a patina is applied it turns a blackish/purple color that is a start and fantastic contrast with the silver.
My jewelry reflects my personal and individual approach to style. I get inspiration from my urban surroundings. I see beauty in places where most would not. I look at everyday objects like street grates, lighting fixtures or railings and I see jewelry. I have a fascination with roundness and spots and this is greatly reflected in my work. As I continue to learn new techniques, study with new teachers, and work solo in my studio, my work evolves and grows.