Vicky Browne is a New Zealand artist based in the Blue Mountains of Australia whose work engages in sound as a core theme. Browne works in a speculative manner, building her own record players, iPods, and radios out of found materials, and it is this handmade quality that reveals a close connection to materials. She completed a Master of Visual Art at Sydney College of the Arts in 2010 and her work has been exhibited in numerous spaces nationally and internationally. Her work has been exhibited in group exhibitions including Living in the Ruins of the Twentieth Century, UTS Gallery, Sydney; Sound Full: Sound in Contemporary Australian and New Zealand Art, City Gallery Wellington, New Zealand; WONDER, Hazelhurst Regional Gallery, Gymea; and It is what it is, Hawkesbury Regional Gallery, Windsor. Browne was the winner of the 2013 Fauvette Loureiro Memorial Artists’ Travel Scholarship Prize and in 2014. Browne is represented by Galerie pompom.
The relationship between sound, materials and meaning is central to my work. Part of how we understand materials, objects and our world is through sound. We know the dull thud of wood before we drum our fingers on the table. For the last 10 years my practice has been speculating on how sound is embedded into materials. Materials have an audio presence regardless of their sonic output. In my work I play with this language to reveal, surprise and engage the viewer/listener to think about the way they know, name and engage with sound and materials. There are several ways I do this: Firstly, I relocate sound into unexpected places. Secondly, I often make interactive or kinetic work. Engagement with the work becomes physical, a direct engagement with themes ensues via the physical experience. Thirdly, I play with historical and cultural references, often employing outmoded domestic technologies such as the turntable. Employment of these objects reminds the viewer/listener of the mechanics of sound, of their voice, of the act of vibration which is ever present.