The Gallery: Valerie Hammond

The Gallery: Valerie Hammond

amy chase
Apr 19, 2006

Madill, 2006 Transfer, pencil and wax on paper, 38" x 25"

Introducing Valerie Hammond– a most unusual portraitist.

Valerie's work captures her subject in the outline of their gesture, filled with evocative materials collected from forests, fields and gardens.

Transfer monotype with graphite & wax on paper, 21" x 17"

In the artist's words, "I begin by collecting ferns and other organic materials, transforming them through drawing and the printmaking process, creating images that marry the ferns with images of the body. These images reflect the uniqueness of individual hands, as well as reveal the tracing of the spirit. "

Transfer w/colored pencil, graphite & wax on paper, 38" x 25."

These are all transfer monotypes on Japanese paper with additional drawing in colored pencil and graphite that have then been dipped in encaustic. Some pieces are finished with additional hand sewing and beading. They have a lovely tactile quality and a warm glow from the wax.

Catherine, 2004 Mixed media, wax on Japanese paper, 21" x 17"

Constance Mixed media, wax on Japanese paper, 2004, 38" x 26"

I love how her work has me thinking of the wonderful symmetry between our internal systems as human beings and those of the trees and plants around us. Veins, branches and roots – we've all got them.

Kiki Mixed media, wax on Japanese paper, 2004, 21" x 17"

Head Mixed media, wax on Japanese paper, 2004, 21" x 17"

A show of Valerie Hammond's work, curated by artist Kiki Smith, will be opening on April 27, 6-8 p.m. at the CUE Art Foundation, 511 West 25th Street, NYC 10001. Tel: 212-206-3583. Gallery hours are Tuesday - Saturday 10-6. The show will be up through June 3, 2006.

If you don't happen to live near NYC and would like to see this work in person, the last four portraits above are available from the Lisa Sette Gallery, in Scottsdale, AZ.

Or, if you live near Cleveland Ohio, the M% Gallery carries and shows her work as well, including some extraordinary cast wax sculptures that can be viewed on the website.

As for prices, the M% Gallery offers unframed work for $1200 - $2200, and frame work for $1600 - $2500. The Cue Foundation is a not-for-profit space and thus takes a lower commission; the work for sale there may cost a bit less.

Inquiries? Please contact the galleries listed above, or email the artist directly.

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