Victoria Walters, a Texas A&M alumna, is the artist behind Synesthesia, a larger-than-life sculpture that is sure to captivate anyone in its presence.
Walters graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2020. After completing a Masters, she is currently working toward a MFA at the University of Dallas, specializing in sculpture.
From a young age, Walters has been drawn to art, constantly creating and experimenting with various mediums. It wasn’t until college that she discovered her passion for sculpture.
“With sculpture, I found there was a freedom to incorporate many different avenues of art into a 3D plane of creation. Mixed media specifically interests me and I look to it for inspiration and
and creation since I like to learn a little bit of everything,” she said.
Synesthesia is a massive and colorful piece that encourages viewers to interact through their different senses, excluding taste.
“Synesthesia is an immersive interactive experience that focuses on escapism from the world to encourage child-like optimism. Utilizing color, interactive lighting and multimedia sculptural
forms to immerse the viewers and encourage them to explore the unfamiliar world around them.
As the audience explores the environment their sense of sight, smell, sound and touch are activated,” she said.
Walters wanted to provide viewers with a personal glimpse into her own mind, allowing people to view reality from a different lens.
“My use of pastel colors throughout the exhibition is a personal aesthetic and comforting agent referencing the color palette of my hometowns’ beach houses along the water. Creating an
imaginative space with multiple colors, rounded forms and unconventional materials has
allowed me fully to immerse my viewers to peer into my subconscious creating an unnatural
experience that positively lifts the spirits and frees the mind through a dynamic environment,” she said.
It took Walters several months to finally complete Synesthesia, utilizing various methods for construction.
“Some of the processes I used were sewing, pattern making, mechanics and making spray foam sculptural through chicken wire. Amongst several other techniques used within the show, the one that gave me a hard time was the mechanics behind making step pedals. I had not yet made kinetic work prior to this within my art career and called upon many friends, colleagues and Professor Phillip Shore [a professor of sculpture,] for advice,” she said.
Walters looks forward to continuing her studies and is grateful for the opportunity to present her work. She plans to one day teach sculpture at a university and hopes to positively impact the next generation of art students.