Gold inspires artist Lina Iris Viktor. “It is one of the softest, most malleable metals in existence, yet, in its purest form (24 karats) it is practically indestructible,” said artist the New York based Liberian artist.
Looking at other artists such as Kerry James Marshall and Kara Walker, Viktor’s work is also guided by science, math, and otherworldliness. These varied influences are united by a bold color palette. Beyond gold, she uses blue, black, and white as part of her visual language. In addition to her choices of hues, Viktor fuses “apparent contradictions” like “decadent and the minimal” in order to take her viewers to places we’ve never seen before.