Valerie Wolf, Albany Member Since March 2008 Artist Statement As I’ve traveled through each of these human events my art has allowed me opportunities to reflect that which is too great to carry alone. It enables me to provide a translation for what an experience or face or vision has communicated to me. When my painting allows its audience a moment to step away from daily living and pause to smile, cry or smirk I feel success.
Most often the subject of my paintings present themselves naturally and demand representation; other times a simple form, movement or sense plays through my mind for a time until it feels either ready to be shown or needing to be examined, pursued and solved on the canvas. It will be something as simple as a child’s smile or as great as the genocide within the Sudan that drives me to my paintbrush. The acrylic medium naturally suits me and offers me the ability to manipulate texture and incorporate it into the voice of the work. I love both the depth and the freedom that acrylics offer.
I am currently entwined with both the pain and hope that I see existing simultaneously in the eyes of the people of Darfur. They are presenting a challenge to me by requiring that I eventually solve the puzzle and can adequately represent their message to others. Human kind has a commonality that above all speaks to each of us.