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Artist couple Victoria Cantons and Xu Yang announce exhibition “Tomorrow Will Be The Most Beautiful Day Of Your Life”

Studio West is proud to present its inaugural exhibition, Tomorrow Will Be The Most Beautiful Day Of Your Life, displaying new works by artist couple Victoria Cantons and Xu Yang. This will be their first show as a duo, presented in celebration of their creative and personal collaboration. Cantons and Xu share a studio and work in conversation, questioning how art operates as a redeeming medium and addressing themes of uncertainty, identity and the female gaze. The exhibition is unique in that it shows work of two artists who are intensely bonded, known for creating depictions of one another and working in unison.

“It’s more than just a show where two disparate artists are being brought together to see what happens, it’s a show of two really intertwined, interconnected, symbiotic practices.” Victoria Cantons

The show title speaks to hope, love and positivity. Both artists see the exhibition as carrying a message of promise, offering the idea that if you seek to be your best self you will be met with a brighter tomorrow. It also relates to their ongoing relationship and the challenges they have overcome to sustain it. Both artists explore ideas of identity through their work, but what emerges in this exhibition is that they are their most true and comfortable selves when working and creating together.

The exhibition includes Victoria Cantons’ stunning floral paintings and works spanning painting and performance from Xu Yang’s diverse practice. For Cantons, the floral paintings emerged as a key facet of her work after the death of her mother. As a child, Victoria would photograph her mother’s rose bushes in their garden, and today she still paints her floral works from living, wild plants rather than arranged bunches. These large-scale works are tactile, delicate and beautiful, with a gentle use of colour that conjures an immersive sense of romance.

“I am not a transgender artist but rather an artist who happens to be a woman and transgender. Having lived whilst being perceived to be a man and now being understood and recognised as a woman has given me a rare perspective” Victoria Cantons

Cantons’ practice is always self-referential. She uses drawings and written notes combined with found and made photographs to explore her past experiences, and present emotions. Cantons fills sketchbooks that rarely leave her side with affirmations, poetry, and sketches of individuals and objects that she holds dear. As such, it is unsurprising that Xu regularly appears as a central figure in Cantons’ work. Close up, delicate images of Xu’s face, attended to with immense care and admiration, highlight the intensity of their affection. Cantons also regularly photographs and documents Xu’s complex and emotive performance work.