Anna Valdez is releasing new paintings as part of her show Works Sighted at Hashimoto Contemporary in San Francisco. Valdez will debut a series of observational still lifes, examining aesthetic history and personal identity through the objects of domestic space.
She constructs vibrant compositions that hum with pattern and slowly formulate through gestural detail. The exhibition title Works Sighted refers to the artists’s process of using immediate surroundings as a principle subject. The resulting works are “invention through observation”, and utilize the framework of the still life to create portraits of personal and collective memory. Valdez’s paintings are reflexive. The expression of her brush combined with the curation of the depicted objects pays homage to the history of the medium, and the distinguishable feature of lush greenery embodies the organic process of artistic creation. Her work analyzes traditions of value and the significance of ritual, in order to understand the magnitude of cultural communication within a personal sphere. With a background in anthropology, Valdez is a keen observer and closely formulates her subjects with meticulous intention.