Over a cup of tea with Victoria Jenkins

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An informal Q & A

Which photographer or artist do you most admire?

Susan Hiller, she deals with such an array of fascinating subjects in an incredibly intelligent way. Currently there seems to be a bit of trend to work that seems interesting but at the heart is not much more than exotic curio, Hiller's work sucks you in but then there is so much more to be found once you are there.

What artwork, where money is no object, would you like to hang on your wall?

Yves Klein's "Leap into the Void". Every time I visit a great big art gallery I check the postcards to see if they have one and have had no such luck yet. A great big print would make me very happy indeed.

What is the worst commission you have ever had?

I'm only just starting out so have yet to have any awful commissions. I've been involved with a few fashion shoots which were plagued with technical issues and dragged out much longer than they should have but that's part and parcel of being a photographer.

Which famous artists, living or dead, would you invite to a dinner party?

André Breton and I'd ask him to bring his friends along.

When are you at your happiest?

I get really excited visiting museums, perhaps more than art galleries. Also performing internet searches for 'baby platypus' gets me every time.

What is your most treasured possession?

Black-puss, an old stuffed cat that still has to go in the suit case if I'm going to be away for more than a couple of days.

What book are you reading at the moment?

I'm trying to read "Gravity's Rainbow" by Thomas Pynchon but might need to start it afresh.

What made you laugh recently?

People falling over... I feel a bit wicked admitting that.

What really winds you up?

I've had a bit of experience of an attitude that you get further along in life by pushing others back. I think supporting and having the support of your contemporaries is vital.

What would your dream project be?

I'd really like to do some work on fundamental interactions (think quantum theory) but each time I research it I'll get to a point where my brain hurts and then I'll be lost as to a way to work with pretty oblique theories without just resorting to didactics.

What do you do when not working?

...every so often I try to learn to knit.

Where do you get your inspiration from?

I'm just curious I suppose, a firm believer of reading reference books as a pleasurable activity. I'm also a sucker for television documentaries, Channel 4's Equinox was my favourite but I'd happily sit though any trite suggesting aliens built the pyramids.

What music would you like played at your funeral?

I've always said I'd like "Bright Eyes" performed by Art Garfunkel. That came about after a tongue in cheek conversation in which the most depressing funeral possible was planned.

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