My artwork explores the connection of darkness and light within us, the complexity of layers that we show to others and to ourselves, as well as the parts that we keep in the shadows. As an artist and psychologist, I am interested in exploring the unconscious and human process that we all go through when embraced in an act of spontaneous creativity, without preconceived ideas. Painting for me is a way to be open to the moment, to be fully present in my body and mind. My work process is exploratory, utilizing multiple materials and textures. I work with pouring mediums, fluid acrylics, resins and pigments that allow me a flowing movement and to be surprised every time. I work through several paintings at once, mixing, dripping, scratching painting, covering, uncovering, brushing and scratching again… until I get to a place with each piece that reflects a moment in time, the unexpected. The colors and textures of the desert inspire me and remind me of my home country, Chile, connecting me to my origins. The combination of natural and mineral colors result in archetypical images seem directly related to patterns found throughout the natural world.
Hi, I am Paula Valenzuela, an abstract painter at the ICB in Sausalito, CA. Originally from Chile, I moved to the Bay Area seven years years ago with my family husband and three kids. I was trained as a psychotherapist and I am interested on exploring in my art the connection of darkness and light within us, the complexity of layers that we show to others and to ourselves. I am inspired by the colors of the desert, and the textures found in nature.
I work on mixed media on canvas and panels, using acrylics, different mediums, crayons and pigments. I work through several paintings at once, using tools to add and remove the layers of paintings that enrich the textures and leave a memory of the process.
Most of the works in this gallery are part of my series "Constellations" from 2019. The series refer to that state of wondering , to discover by looking behind the layers, what is visible at first sight and what need to be discovered more closely. Looking at the sky is opening to the unknown, to look how we are connected to the Universe and that time and and space is relative.
I invite you to look at my work and enjoy! Contact me if you would like to know more about my process, work or just for fun.
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