Filmed at her studio in Coyoacan neighborhood south of Mexico City, the artist Valerie Campos tells us the origin of this new series in which she has been working for a couple of years without exhibiting or publishing on social networks.
“The studio is like a boxing ring; you are always fighting something somehow. Something within you. Its a constant dialogue with painting. It’s a place where you can analy z e very precisely but you can also just drift and get lost.”
Valerie Campos ’ art pushes boundaries between canvas and artist in pursuit of heightened consciousness and personal change. Through an art residency in Belgium near the provence of Limburg that she at t ended in 2017, she photographed a group of naked people digging their own graves on an open field while she was guiding a standing active meditation.
“I felt the desire to paint something that related to what I experience in the world; I find the canvas as a way of working through the insecurity, fear and paranoia of being in the world. Valerie’s more recent work has transformed into more recognizable narratives, a kind of contemporary spiritual surrealistic painting: “I ’ m in search of silence” she says. “The moment you find something that has a deep spiritual effect on you, something you can’t describe, your whole experience transforms into a beautiful enigma”
The artist has traveled through different phases throughout her career. “Being self-taught has allowed me to experiment with a wide range of possibilities”,”Nothing happens if you always do things the same way,” she says. “My method is to do things I’m afraid of; to go to unknown territories and to open new ways of thinking”
In the last 11 years the artist ha s gone from the abstract to the figurative, from collage to drawing, to printmaking, then from photography to animation, but she has always return to painting. “Is this infinite dance with the canvas that never ceases to seduce me; it is the most intimate and spiritual relationship I have experienced with art, it brings me closer to the real world as if I were walking through a labyrinth built by my memory.”
Supported by Museo Internaconal de Arte Minart, Fundacion Black Coffee Gallery, Fonca.
CREDITS: Producer: Valerie Campos Art, Camara and Editor: Baltazar Peña. Interview: Baltazar Peña. Artwork Courtesy: Valerie Campos. Archival Images Courtesy: Valerie Campos. Design: Saulo Corona. Theme Music: Carlos Matus.