My work is informed by memory, ritual and culture. Recently I’ve been working in large-scale site-specific installations that investigate numeric and geometric patterns in daily life. I am interested in how patterns both strengthen and adorn physical spaces, our bodies, and our psyches. I transform contemporary materials, accessible in everyday use into abstract installations. I work primarily in drawing, sculpture and installation. My interests lie in the linear qualities and a sense of immediacy I find in each medium. My installations are site-specific and tend to collapse and expand depending on the site and tension I want to create. I try to factor in the innate properties of the materials I use in order to use line, pattern and repetition to create complex compositions.
Mary A. Valverde received her BFA from the School of Visual Arts, NYC in 1999. Her work has been included in these recent exhibitions: Untitled, Land-scapes, Abrons Art Center, NY; Mappings and Transformations, Corridor Gallery, NY and Cumanana, Saltworks Gallery, GA in 2009. Scorpius, ACP Gallery, CA and In Between Time, Mary Valverde; Measures, Diaspora Vibe Gallery, FL in 2008. The S-Files, El Museo del Barrio, NY in 2007; Queens International, Queens Museum of Art, NY; Tropicalisms, Jersey City Museum, NJ, and Fragmentations of the Self, Rush Arts Gallery, NY in 2006. Residency and Program exhibitions: Emerge 8 program at Aljira, Center for Contemporary Art in 2006 and Artist Alliance Rotating Studio Program in Lower Manhattan for 2008. Valverde was born and raised in NYC where she currently lives and works.