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Artist Ranch Project 2018

Valerie Hollstein

I consider my work a hybrid of mosaic art and painting, designed with the complexity of interlocking shapes to render form. I strive to stretch the boundaries of mosaic art by cutting vitreous glass in the shapes and sizes that will convey happy images.

My visual imagery goes back to my childhood in Southern France and to my present life in Western United States. I grew up in Provence to a family who cherished art and influenced the affinity I share for the medium of vitreous glass. Between the demands of raising two children and a career in the airline industry, I returned to school and graduated with a Bachelor in Visual Anthropology and Fine Arts Fall, 2013.

I enjoy creating artwork filled with cultural facets. I like to capture the energy and beauty of Western local scenes and cowboy culture. Cowboy boots, rodeos, wagons, and wide open landscapes are integral to the Wild West past and present traditions important to preserve. Most of my subjects relate to these themes and are inspired by images that I adapt to my personal vision to embrace the excitement of color and light.

My visual language incorporates movement, rhythmic figurative elements with color relations similar to painting while staying away from a very controlled process present with traditional mosaics.

I build or sketch directly on a glass panel or wood substrate with glass shards glued with an adhesive. Occasionally, I complete my work with an epoxy resin.

Selected Exhibitions

  • 2014- Metamorphosis Show, Two Person Show, The One World Gifts Store, Salt Lake City, UT.
  • 2015- Sprague Library, Group Exhibit, Salt Lake City,UT.
  • 2016- Artprize, Grand Rapids, MI. Continental U.S award 2nd place in Two Dimensional finalists.
  • 2017- Nude Nite- Orlando 2017
  • 2017- Nude Nite- Tampa 2017
  • 2017- Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum Western Spirit Art Show. Peoples Choice Award.
  • 2017- Women in Art- Laguna Beach, CA.

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