opens at the Hess this fall
September 20 – November 20
Nora Valdez creates sculpture and public art exploring the idea of home and the immigrant experience. Says Nora about her new work at the Hess: “Although my themes come from a personal place, many immigrants who are navigating this same mighty river, moving from place to place and longing for home, share this feeling and yearn for a new place to rest and be safe. Now that we are all living in times of increasing change and disruption, that feeling of being dislocated and fragmented might be felt by even more people, not just immigrants. The feeling of disruption and dislocation can have many sources. Carving gives me the opportunity to hear and express answers from deep within. When I follow it I find it directs me slowly towards peace. Back home to my essential self, the self that is not fragmented or stuck between worlds.”
Born in Argentina, Nora has been living and working in the United States since 1986. She began exhibiting her work in 1977 and in 1982 graduated from the College of Fine Arts (Mercedes San Luis, Argentina) as Professor of Fine Arts. Her work has been exhibited internationally in Europe, Asia, North, Central and South America, including numerous international sculpture symposia. She has more than 15 permanent public art pieces in the U.S. and around the world. She teaches at the Carving Center & Sculpture Studio in W. Rutland, Vermont.