Victoria recently completed a PhD in Visual Culture at the University of Ulster on the practice of the German sculptor Joseph Beuys, with a particular interest in the artist’s work as a healing discourse and pedagogy that engages with the Celtic world. She holds a BA (Hons) in European Studies with French from the University of Manchester and an MA in Digital Media from the University of the West of England, where her dissertation assessed the value of revisiting the work of Futurist poets as precedents for poetry work in the digital medium.
Victoria has held the posts of Junior Fellow in Visual Culture at the University of the West of England and Visiting Lecturer in Visual Culture at the University of the West of England and Bath Spa University College. Her research interests include the “ethnographic turn” in art, “border crossings” between art and anthropology, text as image and related debates around the relevance of theories of language to understandings of visual practice, and discussions of the legacy of Beuys’ practice in contemporary contexts. She is currently co-editing a forthcoming book on Beuys to be published by LIT Verlag.
In 2007, Victoria convened the Symposium ‘Artistic Detours’: Joseph Beuys as Anthropologist at the Academy for Irish Cultural Heritages, University of Ulster and gave a paper on the artist’s work at the Royal Anthropological Institute conference “Beyond Text”. She co-convened and chaired a workshop on the crossover between art and anthropology at the International Congress of the International Society of Ethnology and Folklore (SIEF) in June 2008.
Victoria has been the recipient of bursaries from the UK Business Women’s Network and the Weimar-Jena-Akademie, enabling her to attend summer schools on the crossover between contemporary art and anthropology at the University of Oslo and on Beuys’ Social Sculpture in Weimar, Germany. Two separate awards of the University of Ulster’s Library Scholarship made it possible for her to undertake archive research on Beuys in Germany.