Anna Valdez, ‘Japanese Silk on Houndstooth’, 2016, Tappan
Anna Valdez, ‘Japanese Silk on Houndstooth’, 2016, Tappan

As a visual artist with an academic background in anthropology and video, Valdez views artists as cultural producers. In her work, she attempts to combine these practices into a specific investigation that cultivates not only personal identity but also cultural meaning.

Recently, many of her pieces have been still-lifes. These arrangements have been composed of various household items such as her clothes, quilts, scarves, blankets, houseplants, drawings, paintings, books, records, and vessels. These items exist as a part of her domestic environment, and she has incorporated them into her paintings to better understand the domestic sphere as emblematic of both personal and collective experience.

Signature: Signed by artist.

About Anna Valdez

Anna Valdez’s artistic career began unexpectedly: during an archaeological dig, she found herself keeping a sketchbook in which she reinterpreted spaces, maps, and lived experiences. Valdez, who has an academic background in archaeology and socio-cultural anthropology, thinks of her paintings and animations as cultural self-interpretations. “I am working on various narratives that investigate my own traditions and history through a visual format,” she says. In addition to her own store of memories, Valdez looks to her immediate surroundings, family photographs and recipes, and “vague stories” for the subjects of her work. Recurring motifs in her work include patterned objects, masks, and veils.

American, based in San Francisco, CA, United States