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Artist Mary Valverde

Mary Valverde

Queens, NY, USA


Mary Valverde (b. 1975) is an interdisciplinary artist based in New York. She received her MFA at the University of Pennsylvania in 2012 as the School of Design's Dean's Diversity Fellow, and her BFA from the School of Visual Arts, NY in 1999. She is the recipient of the 2021 Mellon Arts Practitioner Fellow, at CCSRE of Stanford University. Valverde teaches at Hunter College. She has lectured and exhibited her work at BRIC, Smack Mellon, MoCA North Miami, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, The New Jersey State Museum, Art Center South Florida, El Museo del Barrio, The Queens Museum of Art, Jersey City Museum, Jenkins Johnson, Momenta, Saltworks, Corridor, Rush Arts, Diaspora, and Aferro Gallery, among others. Since 2015 Valverde serves as a Commissioner (Sculptor seat) for the Public Design Commission of the City of New York, and often contributes as an advisor at NYC Cultural Affairs. She has been in residence at the Thomas Hunter Ceramic Artist Residency, Artist Alliance Residency, Aljira Center for Contemporary Art's Emerge Program, and MFA Lecturer at the ICA Philadelphia. Valverde has published her writing through AC Institute, NY and the Korean Cultural Center of New York. Valverde creates installations reminiscent of sacred spaces and material offerings. The works propose relationships between the forms, marks, and measurements that intend to diagram the visceral. She brings together various ephemera material components that formulate a visual network based on arithmetic diagrams. It is a chronicling, indexing and archiving of patterns, and the examining of ways in which they empower and adorn space, the body and the psyche. Time and space are emphasized through marks and impressions in her drawings, photographs, installations, and performances. There is a consistent balance of action and restraint, freedom and limitation, and attraction and resistance that play out in all of the work. Valverde tries to maintain a sense of immediacy and directness by a fusion of process, material and the body. She employs the innate qualities of malleable and ephemeral materials (sometimes ink, string, fabric, cotton, wire, oil, water, coffee, cocoa butter etc.) to examine the politics of production, exploitation, social roles, culture and tradition. Working in series has forced a continuous focus and understanding of her self in relation to the act of making.

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