Friday Heroes presents... Valerie Hammond. The New York based multi media artist is inspired by the mystery of churches and devotional objects and frequently uses wax in her work, evoking the sense of flesh and skin in her pieces; both ethereal and tangible. We also love the recurring fern motifs (a Pyrus favourite), ancient and sacred.
She says of her work:
As an artist I have found that process is a fundamental part of my work. In practice this means that I might have ideas about where my work is going, but often the physical process of the work informs what actually happens in my studio. I am interested in evoking sensation and making work which is corporeal in nature. While the figures and portraits may begin to point towards or suggest sentiment, it is important to me that the work is not sentimental but experiential.
You can see more of her beautiful work at Littlejohn Contemporary.