WBS Artist in Residence
It’s no secret that one of this project’s greatest strengths lies in the randomness and unpredictability of the artwork that flows in from talented strangers all across the globe. Every time that I turn the key to the door of the WBS post office box or log into the WBS email account, my body is flooded with adrenaline and my fingertips tingle in anticipation of what awaits me. Will it be a piece of anime from a young Japanese schoolgirl? A study in pastel from a local art major? A technical masterpiece from a graphic designer? Everyday is a new one at WBS and every piece has it’s own unique story to tell.
However, for the past several months, I’ve felt that this collection has been lacking an official “face.” I’ve come to believe that a formal piece of artwork or a small assemblage of authentic images might help to unify the collection and bring a clearer sense of identity to the project. I’m proud to say that the day to reveal this officially WBS-endorsed artwork has arrived. I present to you: “Wolves by Strangers” by Chattanooga native Victoria Witt.
The story of how Victoria discovered WBS and came to be the new Artist in Residence of the project is a rather interesting one. For quite some time Victoria and I worked together closely in a professional environment. Although our roles were worlds apart, I had the opportunity on several occasions to take notice of her enthusiasm for all things lupine and her impressive artistic abilities. Seeing as how I have always curated this project anonymously, I never breached the subject of this website with her, but allowed her time to discover WBS on her own. I knew that if it was meant to be that our paths would cross through this medium and that she become involved on her own accord. Sure enough, on Sept. 29, 2011, I received an email from Victoria that contained submissions from her deviantart page. I couldn’t have been more excited, and within a few days I had posted her work to the website as post #153 “Deviant Queen”.
Over the months that followed, I received and posted more work from the young artist (#365 “Amuro” and #384 “Growth”), but I had yet to reveal myself to her as the man behind the wolves. Finally, I took a leap of faith and sat down with Victoria to clue her in to the fact that I was in fact the anonymous artwork collector who had been communicating with her for more than six months. At first she was shocked and then soon became honored that I chose to share the inner workings of the project with her. But before long, it was she would honor me by volunteering to create these pieces of official WBS artwork. Due to this series of events, I have declared Victoria to be the certified Artist in Residence for the project.
While the nature of WBS will of course remain the same and the daily workings of this global artistic experiment will continue as per usual, I’m proud to say that I have adopted these pieces as official WBS logos. Please stay tuned for more artwork from Victoria in the future, and please continue to keep those wonderful wolf submissions coming. Who knows? The next WBS Artist in Residence just might be you.
To see more of Victoria’s stunning artwork, visit her deviantart page here.