For many years Victoria Howlett has played with the connection between landscape, memory and an evocation of place. From the early paintings of Busty Road, Apollo Bay landscapes, viewed through a foreground of still life objects, to her more abstract images and enigmatic three dimensional ceramic 'tor' configurations, a visual lexicon of forms has developed that gathers the motifs and memory of sites as varied as the Flinders Ranges, Lake Mungo, Mutawintji and Apollo Bay.
Landscape was central to Victoria's PhD research from Monash University. That studio work and Exegesis, 'In Pursuit of Desire Lines: A Woman in the Landscape' documents the experience of her bush and coastal painting camps where women temporarily discarded their roles as 'wife, mother, carer', and worked collaboratively in their creative field, 'en plein air' at the camp sites. These locations, where we shared women's stories around the campfire, ranged from the lushness of 'Bundanon' and Broome to the dry plains of Silverton or Noonkanbah.
Drawing on her wide international and national exhibition history, and her experience of several decades as lecturer in arts practice, her oeuvre continues its re-invention in her Apollo Bay studio.
Some selected collections: NGV, National Gallery Canberra, Art Gallery SA & WA, Parliament House Canberra, Australian Embassy Iran, Powerhouse Musuem Sydney, Regional Galleries Manly, Newcastle, Ballarat, Shepparton, Bathurst, Bendigo, Geelong, New England, State Craft Collection, Australia Craft Council, Art Bank, Victoria Ministry for the Arts, Latrobe University, University of Melbourne.