Victoria Cantons’ work is linked to memory. She keeps sketchbooks and photographs and has a Spanish and French, Catholic and Jewish background as well as growing up as an only child in south London. All of this is referenced to explore the human condition, gender, and social identity. These are combined with influences of western art history especially Goya, Manet, Picasso and Bacon. As an artist who happens to be a woman and transgender, Cantons is fascinated at how much freedom we have? In the wake of #MeToo, she is interested in themes of power, loss, presence and absence, and male and female perceptions of each other. She hopes to engage with an audience who also wonders how free they are, and who takes it for granted that looking involves the same liberties and demands as painting.

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