Victoria Martínez Zurbano (Toia) is a ceramic artist from Corrientes, Argentina, currently residing in Whadjuk, Perth, where she studies and develops her craft.
Toia's work seamlessly merges traditional South American hand-building prehispanic techniques with contemporary design elements. She achieves this by contrasting forms, textures, and the interplay of shadows.
Toia has spent recent years in her homeland fully immersed in her creative process, gathering clays from the river, exploring pieces of various scales and being a part of the community woodfire kiln firing ritual every full moon.
She views the ritualistic aspect of her practice as a series of gestures that externalise her emotions, constantly in motion. Toia recognises the profound commitment and responsibility of being part of a rich lineage. By preserving cultural heritage and exploring historical traditions, she adds depth and meaning to her creations, bridging the gap between the past and present.
"I strive to give life to objects that reflect a growing sensitivity, a unique history conveyed through delicate gestures, and our innate desire to bring beauty into our everyday lives. In doing so, I aim to create magical moments where time sparkles with the presence of these special materials."