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Escultura de Valentina Figueroa

Valentina Figueroa

Through my work, I am reinvigorating and helping establish the value of ancestral artistic and spiritual practices within contemporary art dialogues through material exploration of both ancient and modern technologies of metalworking, land-based research, and textile making. My work emerges from a genealogy of metalsmiths and textile makers, and from a legacy of Pre-Columbian symbology.

Every piece that I make speaks directly to the relationship I have to my ancestors, to my craft mentors, and to the techniques developed by them in the past.

My work also speaks to the relationship I have to the living materials that come from the land. I see my practice as an acknowledgement of the relationships I have to my metalsmithing and textile mentors, and to the lineages they carry and have passed down to me.

The instruction I have received from my mentors and my elders gives me the responsibility to continue their legacy from an informed place. I am able to walk as an Indigenous woman of Mestizo origin seeking to reconnect to my ancestral heritage. I am connecting to the land and its materials in intimate and observational ways, so they can inform and teach me how to work them.

Escultura de Valentina Figueroa