Inspired by place, Nature, this latest series is about a strong connection to place and interbeing. Valmestad uses landscape as a vehicle for highlighting the crisis of environmental degradation and hopes to encourage our reconnection to the natural world through the ideology of deep ecology.
Valmestad has exhibited in several countries including Italy, the United States, and Canada, and has work in public collections including the University of Saskatchewan, University of Manitoba, the Millennium Library, the Buhler Collection, the Province of Manitoba Art Bank, and Imago Mundi Luciano Benetton Collection, Venice.
These works from the past decade show my continued interest in “ambiguous space” created by the tension between the illusionistic and the flat. In the constructed reliefs, the disintegration of subjects into colour interactions of shape, collage, and pattern, creates a vortex of energy. The waterscapes explore mood, stillness, and fleeting moments in time, ranging from recognizable scenes to grid-like abstractions emphasizing the physicality of paint and texture. Drips, squirts, and gels have created another dimension of vibrancy and energy, leading the viewer into a non-objective visual world of sensual perception.
About the Artist….
Liv Valmestad is a Norwegian-Canadian artist who lives in Winnipeg. She has a B.F.A. from the University of Saskatchewan and graduate degrees from Queen’s and Western Universities and a post graduate diploma in art from Ringebu College, Norway.