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MICHELLE VALDEZ
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Artist's Statement
I'm a performance-based installation artist. Over the last five years, I've cultivated a body of work based on human longing and the fecund realm of all things fantastic, magical and irrational. This leitmotif of longing solidifies the continuum of my work as it steers away from pure performance to installations and objets d'art that convey the profound depths of such a powerful human emotion. Through ongoing investigation of the emotional landscape longing, I've started a five year project based on the venerable Symphonie Fantastique, by Hector Berlioz. The narrative for this five movement symphony begins with a young artist obsessed with a young woman. He is overwhelmed by his emotions and attempts to kill himself with a dose of opium. The symphony begins with his hallucinations as the dose is not enough to kill him but merely induce one long, fantastic dream. Throughout the five movements, Berlioz introduces this idee fixe as a repetitive melody. This musical manifestation of longing for love is absolutely captivating and coincides with my sculptures and sound pieces. In the initial installation, I made an installation in Laredo comprised of a bed, five goblets engraved with the titles of the movements, five vials filled with elements equivalent to their titles and a silkscreened portrait of Berlioz himself. In addition, the opening performance included live accordion over an appropriated and cut up rendition of the first movement.


Visual Arts Samples

 

I Love Beuys
Sculpture

The Apple of Dischord
Sculpture

Hunting for Atrophy
Performance Art

Hunting for Atrophy
Installation

Hunting for Atrophy
Installation
 

Russian Constructivism
Installation

The Ryder Project
Performance Art

Olmos Famous
Performance Art

Sweet Dreams Schadenfreude
Performance Art

Russian Constructivism
Performance Art
 

 

 
 
     
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