Valerie Hammond — Biography
Valerie Hammond was born in Santa Maria, California. She received her MFA from the University of California at Berkeley, where she was awarded the Eisner Award. Her work is included in public and private collections such as the Walker Art Center, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Library of Congress, the Print Collection of the New York Public Library, the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Progressive Art Collection, the Chazen Museum of Art, the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, the Grand Palais des Champs-Elysées, and the Fidelity Art Collection. She has exhibited in solo shows and group exhibitions in the United States, Europe, China, New Zealand and India. Hammond is the recipient of awards and fellowships from the New York Foundation of the Arts, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and the Peter S. Reed Foundation. She currently lives in New York City.
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As an artist, I have found that process has become a fundamental part of my work. In practice, this means that I might have ideas about where my work is going, but often the physical process of the work informs what actually happens in my studio. I am interested in evoking sensation and making work which is corporeal in nature. While the figures and portraits may begin to point towards and to suggest sentiment, it is important to me that the work is not sentimental.
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