Wildwood Press presents Valerie Hammond
Relief/Photolitho on Handmade Paper
Terminal 2, Near Gate E18
October 26, 2016 - March 31, 2016
Starting in the late 1990s, Valerie Hammond took up tracing hands and arms, mostly of
women and children, then using layers of wax to secure pressed ferns and other
organic material within the perimeter of the tracings. Experimentation in Photoshop
resulted in dark, deep blue backgrounds, while the plant material, placed in such a
way as to echo bones, veins, and circulatory systems, turned a ghostly white. “The
works suddenly inhabited a space I had been searching for,” she notes, “straddling
the indefinable boundary between presence and absence, material and immaterial,
consciousness and the unconscious.”
About Wildwood Press
Wildwood Press was founded by Marianne Ellison Simmons in 1996. Simmons serves as both publisher and Master Printer. Dedicated to experimentation and the unexpected, the prints from Wildwood Press strive to redefine what a print can be. Each year Simmons a small number of artists to work with her in St. Louis. Wildwood Press is known for both its custom papermaking and as a destination for artists who may choose to meet the challenge of an etching press that is capable of printing five-foot by ten-foot images.
Valerie Hammond maintains a fluid artistic practice, distinguished by for her organic approach and deft interaction with different mediums. Yet the tangibility of her materials and processes are subtly undermined by the poetic nature of her imagery. Hammond was born in Santa Maria, California. She received her MFA from the University of California at Berkeley, where she was awarded the Eisner Award. Her work is included in public and private collections such as the Walker Art Center, The Fine Arts Museum Houston, The Library of Congress, the New York Public Library’s Print and Drawing Collection, the Getty Museum, the Progressive Collection, the Chazen Museum of Art, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, the Grand Palais Museum, and the Fidelity Collection. She has exhibited in solo shows and group exhibitions in the United States, Europe, China, New Zealand and India. Hammond is the recipient of awards and fellowships from the New York Foundation of the Arts, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and the Peter S. Reed Foundation. She currently lives in New York City.