Valerie Carew is a multi-disciplinary artist and educator. As an arts practitioner, Carew focuses on representations of the body and relationships to land through sculpture/installation, painting, photography and performance. Her interests in art making include: performativity and embodiment, identity, gender and role-play. She has exhibited internationally, including Napier University in Edinbugh (2018), Dances at Dances at MuCCC: Festival of Contemporary Dance in Rochester NY (2017), and F Generation: Feminism, Art, Progressions in Melbourne, Australia (2015). Recent exhibitions include: Gender and The Lens II at Ryerson Artscape (2018), Hard Twist 11 and Nuit Blanche, Fly By Night at The Gladstone Hotel (2016), and John B. Aird Gallery (2017). She is a graduate from the Interdisciplinary Master’s in Art, Media and Design Program at OCAD University where she received two scholarships and the 2016 Outstanding Exhibition Award.
My art work describes a personal endeavour to subvert and emerge from social and environmental severance. I make body-based art which physically or conceptually connect bodies to land. This is achieved through the fabrication of wearable or interactive sculptural forms using the body as a substrate for art making, performance (biomimimetic role-play) and field research. I employ the home as a symbolic device in relation to personal female identity, and a physically mediating object between the body and natural environments.
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