International Sculpture Symposiums
(Hong Kong International Sculpture Symposium, 2012)
Valdez was invited among seven international artists and sculptors from all over China and the world to create a piece using the sleepers from the train tracks to create a park with that theme.
Together represents people with diverse cultural and religious backgrounds coming together in love and peace.
(International Sculpture Symposium, Santa Fe Argentina, 2011)
(Ayacucho, Peru, International Sculpture Symposium, 2011)
(Marble International Sculpture Symposium, West Rutland Vermont, 2010)
Valdez was among the five international artists selected to work at The Carving Studio and Sculpture Center. Valdez worked on an 18 ton piece of marble. The sculpture represents the weight, struggle and responsibilities that a woman bears alone and yet is able to carry on. It does not matter what life brings to her, she always stands strong and proud. An immigrant in a foreign land. The symposium was funded by The National Endowment for the Arts Grant, 2010
(International Stone Sculpture Symposium in Alabaster Ayacucho, Peru 2010)
In the Paper Bag
(Marenakos, Rock Center Preston WA, USA, 2009)
Valdez was invited as guest sculptor to Stonefest 2009 in September in Seattle. She carved a 10 foot tall limestone piece with the paper bag theme or baggage as symbolic weight that each one of us carries in our lives. The sculpture is exhibited at Marenakos, Rock Center and a Gothic arch will be coming out from the piece to complete it.
(International Sculpture Symposium, Zhengzhou, China SIAS International University, 2008)
Valdez was among five International artists selected to create permanent work for the campus of SIAS International University. She worked in white marble from the Zengzhou area, measuring 10 feet tall. The piece is part of the Walking with Memories series and represents a visitor from far away coming to China.
Baggage, part of Walking with Memories
(International Sculpture Symposium NWSSA, 2008 Mt. Vernon, WA)
(International Sculpture Symposium, Brussels, Belgium, Les Avins, 2007)
Valdez was among the ten international sculptors selected for the symposium. Valdez worked in Belgian blue stone, which is similar to granite. She collaborated with artist Persi Narvaez, from Peru, who worked on the wood component of their piece.
(Latin American Symposium Sumter, SC, USA Accessibility 2005 Transplanted)
In this installation Valdez worked with limestone and granite to represent symbolic images of people in a series of interconnected circles.
The heads symbolize the individuals that make up the community. The ears refer to the need to listen to ourselves, our ancestors and our environment. The hands are an expression of the generosity of the community. The connection of the three circles symbolize the circle of life and the bonds between individuals that create a community.
(4th International Sculpture Symposium, Thassos, Greece, 2005)
Measuring approximately 6 feet tall and permanently situated in the Sculpture Park in Thassos, this piece was created from Thassos marble. Valdez was one of seven sculptors from various countries selected to participate in the international symposium.
In the state of a dream anything can be possible
(International Sculpture Symposium, Connections, Sumter SC, USA, 2006)
Valdez was the organizer, curator and participant of this Symposium in collaboration with Sumter County Cultural Center in partnership with Colombia Museum of Art, Sumter County School Districts and the City of Sumter. The symposium brought together eight international artists, from Czech Republic, Estonia, Peru, Belgium, France, Canada, Argentina and United States. Valdez worked in limestone and collaborated with French/American artist Matthew Terry. He worked on the wood part of their piece, creating ” In the the state of a dream anything is possible”.
Sketching in Stone
(International Sculpture Symposium, Murnau, Germany, 2005)
Le Naufrage Tranquille
(International Snow Sculpture Symposium, Quebec, Canada, 2005)
Speaking in Stone
(7th International Sculpture Symposium Andres Institute of Art,
Brookline, New Hampshire, USA, 2004)
(Nashua International Sculpture Symposium, New Hampshire, 2021)
Valdez was part of the group of international artists and created WITHIN, an eight foot tall piece combining granite and Indiana limestone.
WITHIN takes us to an inner space to suggest looking at ourselves, to see who we are, to accept ourselves and to carry our baggage not with weight, but with the pride of understanding and accepting who we are. Hearing our answer from deep within and following its direction will turn us slowly
towards peace, a peace we may not understand but one that opens us to new meaning, Inviting us home, back to our true self.