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Valerie D'Angelo
Brooklyn, NY
Website: http://
Neighborhood: Kensington



ARTIST STATEMENT: I hope that the artwork which I have chosen to display will speak for me. This is only a small portion of what I can do, but my experience has been that anything I have created, whether it be jewelry, art or writing, which I've sent, shown, read or given to both friends & strangers was so positively received. Numerous people have always encouraged me to get my work and my son's work...out there. In fact, at times enough people have said to me that it is a shame that my hard work is not being shown. I wish I had included some of my assemblages, but I made the selections of my work for the most part by what images came up in my file. We all know that whether or not we are artists in this present time, we all have so very many photos.
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ARTIST RESUME:


I haven't updated my resume since 2006 as I became ill with seizures. I took care of my son, since his birth in 1994 until 2012. In 2007, after enduring an emotionally abusive marriage, I set out to free myself and my child. In these last 10 years and for the 24 years preceding 2007, I have created handmade jewelry, small collage work & drawings, mini-assemblages, hair pin & bobby pin characters in various settings, photographs of intriguing moments in so many places, unique scenes & occurrences in nature, & pictures of my assemblages. Some of my artwork has been a collaborative effort with my son along with the numerous poems and songs we wrote together.

I lost my 18-year-old son, Noah, to a tragic death in 2013. This heartbreak has been and continues to be a loss I simply haven't been able to recover from. I cannot say that the artwork that I have found necessary to create most of my terribly painful life has been a healing endeavor because of the magnitude and depth of my sorrows & illnesses. However, whether or not my personal art was once a therapeutic past time or a vital form of expression for my survival, I have tried to persevere in creating things through grueling pain.
 








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