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Artist Statement


Bees, botanicals, minerals, and little mysteries comprise this collaged composition about the complexities of nature, time, and impermanence (with a little inspiration from Radiohead's Pyramid Song thrown in).

Generally speaking, my work is primarily composed of and/or inspired by vintage, salvaged, and collected materials. I enjoy the process of finding materials and realizing the possibility of re-purposing them—reinventing use, intention, or aesthetic. I enjoy the transformation of one thing into something else entirely, becoming dissimilar or unexpected.

Much of my work consists of layered surfaces: bits and pieces from discarded books and magazines, handwritten letters and receipts, obsolete reference material, thrift store textiles, and mysterious random pieces. Order, association, and reverence emerges from the sorting, arranging, and placement of each accumulated piece into a whole.


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Valerie Roybal was born in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She currently lives and works in Albuquerque. She has a BA from the University of New Mexico, and she studied printmaking and book arts there for a number of years. She has shown her work in a number of exhibitions and venues, including the 2nd National Book and Paper Arts Biennial at Columbia College Center for Book and Paper Arts in Chicago; Tributaries and Unraveling Tradition, and New Mexico Showcase at 516 ARTS in Albuquerque; and Biennial Southwest ’08 at the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History. Her work can be seen in the book Cutting Edges: Contemporary Collage (Gestalten) and CUT and PASTE, 21st Century Collage (Laurence King Publishers).