– Valerie Chua –
[ Artist Statement ]
Bridging my background in history and decorative illustration, I replicate the process of gathering information from historical archive while simultaneously retaining my practice of romanticizing assigned images. My primary subject-matter is sculpture due to its capacity to shift narrative depending on the environment assigned to it. I paint subjects that are suspended in time conveyed as living substances with metaphorical flesh, blood and environment. I attempt to visually articulate humanity's inclination to embellish, romanticise or displace recalled information, and man’s ironic tendency to find beauty in predominant narratives in art history such as tragedy and destruction.