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Heidi Russell Presents
Nora Valdez
“Carving for me is life. The feeling and comfort I get when I carve is something I can’t explain with
words. When I finish and accomplish with my hands at least the 80% of what I have in my brain I feel
so complete, the satisfaction of working in stone is so full for me that life is good as long as I keep
carving.” – Nora Valdez
Nora Valdez introduces her series…



HOME/HOGAR


An installation of stone sculptures that aims to investigate and recall the arduous road of an immigrant, wherein feelings of being
trapped in foreign systems, without roots and home are a part of the daily pilgrimage. The work is about a feeling best expressed in
the saying: “I am from Here, There and Nowhere”. The dislocation experienced while in constant movement seeking the solace of
roots is a theme that shapes the sculptures I have made in HOME/HOGAR.



I was born in Argentina of an Italian mother and a Spanish father. I moved away and lived in Brazil, Italy and Spain before coming to
the United States in 1986. I’ve lived in many different states and now I continue traveling and carving wherever I find myself.



I have shared my story so many times, and I’m amazed at how so many people feel in the same boat, navigating a mighty river,
looking for home. I think Home is in you and in your heart and the geographic part of it is, for many of us, a shifting thing.



I feel that Home/Hogar is a project appropriate for a city like New York, built, as it was, by immigrants.
“I started working by hand (chisels and hammer) something I did for 16 years, now I use diamond wheels and some pneumatic tools
to work on large pieces.”  
From the beginning, I have utilized sculpture and installations to create images that reflect on the nature of change, the life of the
individual and the natural or societal forces that buffet our souls. While my earlier installation work explored the effects of alienation
caused by various forms of repression, my stone work seeks to make more subtle comments on these concerns. My thematic
concerns are also reflected in my involvement with the community: doing public art projects and giving workshops at a variety of
urban institutions. Art becomes not just a way to explore issues of human rights but to have a direct effect on them as well.
“For the past 10 years I have concentrated on Public Art and monumental sculptures, participating in numerous International Stone Symposium
around the world working in different hard stones, like granite, marble and Indiana Limestone.”
Nora Valdez is an Argentine artist who has been producing and exhibiting art since 1977.  Her work has been shown and exists as public art
works in Argentina, Peru, Brazil, Italy , Spain, Greece, Germany, Belgium, China, Japan, Canada and various States of USA.



In 1982 she graduated from the College of Fine Arts (Mercedes San Luis, Argentina) with the title, Professor of Fine Arts. During this time she
showed her work throughout Argentina, winning prizes and critical acclaim. In 1984 she moved to Brazil and later that year she moved to
Europe with a scholarship in painting to Perugia, Italy. In Italy she further developed and exhibited her work. In 1985 she moved to Zaragoza,
Spain where she started working in marble at the Matadero, a sculptors' studio funded by the city of Zaragoza.



In 1986 she moved to Boston, showing her work at the Fuller Museum of Art, the DeCordova Museum, the Artists' Foundation, Mobius, the
Harbor Gallery at UMass, the Institute of Contemporary Art, the Boston Center for the Arts, and the Danforth Museum as well as other venues.



Valdez moved to Austin, Texas in 1997. During her time there, she gave classes at the Elisabeth Ney Sculpture Conservatory and the Austin
Museum of Art. In 1999 she moved to Jekyll Island, Georgia where she began conceiving and developing work in conjunction with the
environment.



In 2000 she moved back to Massachusetts where she conceived and created numerous public art projects and sculptural installations, including
the Manhan Rail Trail mural in Easthampton and an installation for Amnesty International in Japan.



In 2004 she was invited to Boston to carve in the International Sculpture Symposium. In 2005 she participated in that same symposium in
Quebec, winning 1st prize. She also participated in symposiums in Murnau, Germany and on the Island of Thassos, Greece. In 2006 Valdez
received the New England Foundation for the Arts grant to create a sculpture garden at the Boston Day and Evening Academy. She was
curator and resident artist in 2006 in Sumter, SC. She has participated in the annual cultural exchange with Ayacucho, Peru and is a member of
the Vermont based Carving Studio and Sculpture Center. In 2007 Valdez participated in the Sculpture Symposium in Brussels (Belgium). In
2008 she was invited to China to create a sculpture at SIAS International University. In 2009 she was the Guest Artist for Stonefest in Seattle
and in 2010 she participated in The International Marble Symposium in Vermont, and in Peru and Argentina in 2011.



Valdez has appeared in numerous publications including L’informatore del Marmista, Verona, Italy in 2011, La Pintura y Escultura en San Luis
in 2006, and a review of The Journey in Sculpture Magazine in 2003. Her work has received funding from a variety of public and private
institutions including the New England Foundation for the Arts, the National Endo- explore issues of human rights as well as have a direct and
profound effect on them.  
You can see Nora’s series Home/Hogar until May 19th at SOHO20 CHELSEA GALLERY in NYC and meet her at her Artitst’s Panel talk on
Saturday, May 19th, 4-6pm.







NORA VALDEZ

Home/Hogar: a duo exhibition of sculpture and etching with Fran Bull



SOHO20 CHELSEA GALLERY

547 West 27th Street, Suite 301

New York, NY 10001



Now through May 19, 2012





Special gallery event:  Artist’s Panel

Saturday, May 19, 4-6pm


Soho20 Chelsea Gallery announces a duo-exhibition entitled Home/Hogar by artists Nora Valdez and Fran Bull.


Valdez and Bull, stone sculptor and printmaker respectively, approach the shared theme of the exhibition from diverse and personal
perspectives. Valdez lives the unusual life of a nomadic stone carver. She has completed commissions in situ in China, Peru, Argentina and
Europe. Born in Argentina of an Italian mother and a Spanish father she has lived and worked in Brazil, Italy and Spain and the United States.
Valdez’ limestone and marble works in this exhibition are inspired by her life of wandering, and by an empathy for the life of the displaced
immigrant. Valdez seeks to recreate in her art the hard road endured by those caught within alien systems who seek the rootedness of home.


She says, “I have shared my own history with many people and I am surprised to learn how many of us are navigating this same mighty river,
moving from place to place, longing for home. Perhaps the true home dwells within each of us, and our geographical homes are but arbitrary.”



Bull, whose art has been exhibited worldwide, views the exhibition theme from a perspective of those estranged from home, soldiers in War.
Inspired by the well-known WW1 poem, In Flanders Fields, Bull’s work is a lamentation and a protest portraying the familiar drama: home
destroyed, lives fractured and redefined by the often capricious vicissitudes of history.



Bull witnessed the devastation of war as a very young child. Her father was an American journalist who reported on the Nuremberg Trials.  “I
have never forgotten the spectacle of Berlin in ruins with little children my own age, half-naked and begging for food on the streets. I was
perhaps too young to have seen what I saw, but then, so were the children caught up in it.”