Valerie Hammond, ‘Threshold’, 2011, Tamarind Institute

A Few of Our Favorite Things:
"This print grabbed me a couple of years ago, during my first visit to Tamarind's "new" building. It was before I became an employee, and was simply enjoying the gallery as a spectator. The traditional flora and fauna style drew me in, and the subject matter touched me immediately. This fragile creature which, by its very nature, protects itself under shadow and darkness, braves the daytime in a burst of flight. Hammond captures the bat's delicate vulnerability with its almost translucent wings sprawled open to the world. To me it represents bravery, defying the elements, and setting one's self free from the obstacles of our own nature and fears."
-Meghan Ferguson, Gallery Director

Publisher: Tamarind Institute

About Valerie Hammond

Painter, printmaker, sculptor, and photographer Valerie Hammond explores the nuances and fluidity of identity in her exquisitely rendered and detailed work, combining images of flora, fauna, and the human body to convey both the external and internal forces by which we are shaped. “I am interested in evoking sensation and making work which is corporeal in nature,” she explains. Like Kiki Smith, with whose work hers is closely aligned and with whom she has been exhibited, Hammond often fragments the female form, isolating hands, arms, and heads to highlight the redolence of specific gestures—like curling fingers, a bent elbow, or a flat palm. Her fascination with mystery and layered meanings, which she finds in Christian shrines, devotional objects, and votive offerings as well as Tibetan medical drawings and Buddhist statuary, informs her practice and animates her deeply expressive works.

American, Santa Maria, California, based in New York, New York