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Valdes Juana
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Sunset Park



ARTIST STATEMENT: My work ranges from sculptures to installations using hand-crafted works of fabric, ceramic, photography, or video projections. It comes from a background in Conceptual Art and an interdisciplinary practice of art making. The focus of my work primary is conceptually based sociopolitical sculptures and installations that expand conscious awareness. These artworks use everyday objects; whether a paper boat, scarf, or water bottles, as a means of tapping into the collective memory, history, and personal experiences. It replaces the object with the subject and reexamines; art, labor, play, culture, identity, class, race, and gender issues through a personal lens and re-contextualize it in an artistic context. Since 2001 my work has focused more on my person historical past while balancing the affects of globalization taking place in the art world and in society. These new works investigate my Cuban upbringing with its African traditions, its history of colonization, and the American experience. It explores migration and trasnculturation directly and poetically, recreating both displacement and recollection. These artworks aim to create a space for contemplation and reflection on the long lasting and far-reaching affects of these actions in society.
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  • untitled "detail"
    2012
    Bone China, Porcelain   9"x 12"
    Bone China which originates in Asia is a porcelain with added calcium. These black and white slip cast bone china pieces are done in the tradition of inlaid known as sanggam and fired to 1258 F. Flat

  • Untitled
    2012
    Bone China, Porcelain   12" x 6' x 1" 5 Pieces
    Bone China which originates in Asia is a porcelain with added calcium. These black and white slip cast bone china pieces are done in the tradition of inlaid known as sanggam and fired to 1258 F. Flat

  • untitled "detail"
    2012
    Bone China, Porcelain   12" x 6' x 1" 5 Pieces
    Bone China which originates in Asia is a porcelain with added calcium. These black and white slip cast bone china pieces are done in the tradition of inlaid known as sanggam and fired to 1258 F. Flat

  • Capitol I
    2013
    Bone China, Porcelain   Size varies (8' x 12')
    Bone China which originates in Asia is a porcelain with added calcium. These "I" are white slip cast bone china pieces and fired to 1258 F. Using the traditional serif fonts typefaces Garam

  • Capitol I "detail"
    2012
    Bone China, Porcelain   Size varies (8' x 12')
    Bone China which originates in Asia is a porcelain with added calcium. These "I" are white slip cast bone china pieces and fired to 1258 F. Using the traditional serif fonts typefaces Garam

  • "I"
    2012
    Bone China, Porcelain   12" x 9"
    Bone China which originates in Asia is a porcelain with added calcium. These black and white slip cast bone china pieces are done in the tradition of inlaid known as sanggam and fired to 1258 F. Flat

  • OB
    2012
    Bone China, Porcelain   12" x 12"
    Bone China which originates in Asia is a porcelain with added calcium. These black and white slip cast bone china pieces are done in the tradition of inlaid known as sanggam and fired to 1258 F. Flat

  • Drawing
    2012
    ink on paper   48" x 40"
    ink on vellum paper

  • Drawing
    2012
    vellum paper   40" 40"
    pencil and ink drawings

  • Audacity
    2013
    Etching   20" x 13"
    Aquatint om BFK rives paper

  • Orator
    2013
    Etching   20" x 24"
    Aquatint on BFK Rives Paper

  • Obscurity
    2013
    Mixed Medium   40" x 48"
    Aquatint and Acrylic paint

  • Untitled
    2013
    Etching   22" x 30"
    Aquatint on BFK Rives paper

  • Untitled (Frieze)
    2013
    Etching   20" x 72"
    Aquatint on BFK Rives paper

  • Untitled (Frieze)
    2013
    Etching   20" x 72"
    Aquatint on BFK Rives Paper

  • Hanging by
    2012
    Bone China, Porcelain   12" x 9"
    Bone China with screen print text

  • Colored Bone China
    2012
    Bone China, Porcelain   14" x 10' x 8"
    Bone China which originates in Asia is a porcelain with added calcium. These bone china pieces are underglaze colored and fired to 1258 F each one is shaped individually by hand.

  • Colored Bone China " detail
    2012
    Bone China, Porcelain   14" x 10' x 8"
    Bone China which originates in Asia is a porcelain with added calcium. These bone china pieces are underglaze colored and fired to 1258 F each one is shaped individually by hand.

  • Colored Bone China "detail"
    2012
    Bone China, Porcelain   14" x 10' x 8"
    Bone China which originates in Asia is a porcelain with added calcium. These bone china pieces are underglaze colored and fired to 1258 F each one is shaped individually by hand.

  • I am against the wall
    2012
    Bone China, Porcelain   14" x 14" x 4"
    Cast Bone China
 








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