Public Art & Commissions
(The Art Complex Museum, Duxbury MA, 2016)
Valdez, originally created this piece for a show at Chesterwood, Stockbridge MA in 2015 and now is part of the permanent Collection of The Art Complex Museum in Duxbury MA since 2016.
Inside Home represents the immigrants drifting from one place to another looking for a home – searching for that place that perhaps is not a geographic place if not the place you find in your heart.
(Duxbury Public Library, Duxbury, MA 2016)
Valdez was commissioned to create three benches and a memorial piece.
The three benches are a combination of limestone and granite and represent that secret place we hold when we are reading our favorite books.
She has carved a girl, a boy and a pile of books to represent the love to read and the dream of a far away land.
(City of Fitchburg, MA 2012-2013)
Valdez was commissioned by Main Street Art Project in collaboration with The Fitchburg Art Museum, The City of Fitchburg and the University of MASS with a grant for the National Endowment for the art.
The piece represents any immigrant from a different ethnic group carrying their homes, villages and neighborhoods along with their family and identity with them to start a new life in a new land.
(Columbia South Carolina, 2022)
This public art piece has traveled all the way from Vermont to New Hampshire Southern University then to Trinity Church in Boston, exhibited at the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, MA and current is installed as permanent piece in Columbia South Carolina as part of the Public Art collection of the City. Motherhood is install on Lady St.
Motherhood represents a working mother and her struggles as an immigrant and a mother. It also represents the perseverance of a mother to keep going for her family.
(V. Mercedes San Luis, Argentina 2013)
Valdez was offered this project as a private commission. She carved this piece in her home town of Villa Mercedes San Luis, where she was born.
This marble piece represents the grandmother, that special person in our lives that fills our life with love. It is call Georgina because represent the grandmother of the person who commissioned the piece.
(Boston Harbor Art, East Boston MA, 2013)
( Boston Day and Evening Academy Boston MA, USA 2007)
The Stone Garden is a permanent outdoor sculpture installation at Boston Day and evening Academy. This project was funded by New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA). As an artist in residence Valdez created this piece in collaboration with students from BDEA. The desired outcome was to create an environment for contemplation and rest that is not simply attractive but also serene and spiritually stimulating.
Walking with Memories
(created for SculptFest West Rutland VT, 2007
Walking with Memories is a series of work that deals with issues of who she is, where she come from, motherhood, lost love, family and being alone.
Valdez grew up in Argentina, lived in Brazil, Italy and Spain before came to the United States. She feels like she keeps carrying her luggage or baggage all the time. Valdez fells she is from here, there and nowhere.
You can see more of these series in The Sculpture Symposium page under the International Sculpture Symposium NWSSA, 2008 in WA with the piece, Baggage and in China with the piece The visitor.
Manhan Rail Trail
(Monument for Friends of the Manhan Rail Trail Easthampton MA, USA, 2002)
Off the Bench
(Springfield MA, USA 2002)
Driftwood Beach Project
(Jekyll Island Georgia, USA, 2006)
Valdez created this two day art installation and performance that took place on Driftwood Beach in Georgia. For the beach event she invite three other artists from different States, Matthew Terry, Mauricio Cordero and Anthony Quickle. They were invited to elicit artist responses on the subject of the natural beauty of the place. The event was followed by a month long exhibit at the Jekyll Island Museum.
(University of Massachusetts Amherst, MA, USA 2001)
In this site specific installation Valdez explores aspects of the passage of every man through life. Our journey is a continuous conversation with the self and others. The piece was a temporary installation that stay on display for a year at the University.
(created for SculptFest, West Rutland. VT 2019 )
This piece represents the isolation and voicelessness that an immigrant feels nowadays in our country.
The situation of immigration has reached a point where changes need to happen.
By carving images of tiny persons sitting on top of big stones I want to represent the wait for “The Changes” to happen. The stone is like the problem to be resolved.
Meanwhile the terror against immigrants and asylum seekers worsens by the day. Parents and children continue to be forcibly separated, children sleep in cages and freezing rooms, some are so traumatized they no longer speak.
Voiceless represent that wait, hoping for the changes to come, for the cages to open, for the families to be reunited.
Milton Academy, Milton, MA, 2022
Life is a series of passages, from birth to death. The moments of making the cast or team or acceptance into a desired school are all formative, and the major passages of love, marriage, perhaps children, new jobs, even retirement are life’s most memorable experiences, and each accompanying decision opens the door to new learning, heartaches, opportunities and significant challenges. To decide not to enter is as consequential as to decide to enter.
These four pieces represent our critical moments. In “One More Step’ we confront the reality that each step leads to many more steps or ladders. The journey is not just outward but inward, looking to change oneself as part of entering into the new space. Sometimes, too rarely, we are embraced in facing momentous decisions, sometimes we feel the aloneness depicted in “voiceless”.”
Where are you, inwardly and outwardly? What is the next passage? Are you leaving packed and ready or is that your baggage left behind?
Passages is our universal shared life experience.
Highfield Hall and Gardens Museum, Falmouth, MA, 2022
STILL WALKING is a simple installation of feet in motion that alludes to the challenging circumstances we are collectively living through at this time. We go from one catastrophe to another, from one uncertain time to another without knowing for certain what direction to step on.
Valdez creates a piece that shows the contrast of the harsh external conditions and the vulnerable, naked feet that must navigate the territory. We are tender, yet we are strong. Representing the human spirit only by feet. STILL WALKING expresses the internal and external pressures to continue to forge ahead even, or especially, in dangerous and uncertain times when a direction is not always clear. But the need to keep moving is. We must choose to keep going, to continue walking, step by step in the hopes that we can discover new pathways into better times.