Anna Valdez: Nature Portals

opens at 39+ Art Space  

26 April - 30 June 2024

Singapore, 20 April  2023 — 39+ Art Space is pleased to announce the unveiling ofNature Portals, a captivating solo exhibition by American artist Anna Valdez (b. 1985,USA). Available to view now at the gallery, this exhibition marks Valdez’s first showcase in Singapore, inviting viewers into her world of art history, life’s interconnectedness, and the depths of human experience.

Nature Portals delves into Valdez’s exploration of classical antiquities and folk-art traditions, juxtaposed with contemporary reinterpretations that defy conventional standards. The exhibition showcases a series of maximalist still-life paintings and ceramic works meticulously composed to engage viewers in a rich dialogue of visual abundance. 

Drawing from the concept of the cabinet of curiosities (Wunderkammer), Valdez’s paintings present a modern twist on historical collections, featuring carefully selected objects and playful arrangements. Taxidermy birds, symbolizing human figures, add metaphorical depth, bridging connections between nature and the human condition with a touch of humor. 

The artist weaves together diverse cultural influences, connecting past and present in a vibrant dialogue. The integration of ceramics, textiles, and other art forms serves as a visual testament to the enduring power of artistic heritage. Valdez’s fascination with 17th century Dutch still-life paintings is evident in her vibrant depictions of seasonal flower bouquets and thriving houseplants, imbued with contemporary sentimentality on symbolic wealth. The exhibition reflects on the convergence of cultures in a globalized world. 

“In my art, I strive to create a rich tapestry of meaning that connects the past and present, engages viewers, and fosters a contemplative encounter. By integrating classical influences with contemporary perspectives and infusing my work with folk art motifs, I offer a unique lens through which to view the world.” says Anna Valdez,“Through repetition, symbolism, and a maximalist approach, I invite viewers to embark on a journey of discovery, to immerse themselves in the layers of meaning hidden within each moment spent with my paintings."

About the Gallery 

39+ Art Space is a Singapore-based art gallery that focuses on showcasing internationally established and emerging contemporary artworks and collections.“We see 39+ Art Space as a nouveau platform to introduce and promote international artists across Asia, and to springboard Asian artists to the global stage - as well as to be a player in the secondary art market. We are delighted to collaborate with these artists to feature contemporary art pieces, as part of the opening premiere to new possibilities and engagement in art in Singapore from 39+Art Space.”- Liu Ying Mei, Founder and Director of 39+ Art Space.

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