Anna Valdez

Region: Pacific Coast

Website: http://www.annavaldez.com

City / State: Oakland, CA

As a visual artist with an academic background in anthropology and video, I view artists as cultural producers. In my work, I attempt to combine these practices into a specific investigation that cultivates not only personal identity, but also cultural meaning. Currently, I am working on various narratives that explore my own traditions and history through a visual format. This process has led me to rely on photographs, stories, family recipes, horticulture, and the tradition of crafting as something concrete in order to construct my autobiography. I consider this examination to be a rite of passage into a globalized society while I simultaneously find my niche.

Recently, many of my pieces have been still lifes. These arrangements have been composed from various household items, such as my clothes, quilts, scarves, blankets, houseplants, drawings, paintings, books, records, and vessels. These objects exist as a part of my domestic environment, and I have put them in my paintings to understand the domestic sphere as emblematic of both personal and collective experience.