Valentina Maggiolo de Almenara
Valentina Maggiolo de Almenara takes a multidisciplinary approach to her work, exploring methods of painting, printing, photography and film. Her image montages and collages use vintage photographs and aerial imagery, while her paintings combine different painting methods with collages of materials. In a sense, the colors and shapes themselves seem rather collage-like within the paintings, compartmentalized and yet layering and overlapping one another. I was particularly drawn to the paintings of the Shipwreck series in which Valentina utilizes a muted, neutral palette and beautiful line and texture to create abstract works suggestive of the very murky, mysterious depths of the sea.
Valentina earned a BFA this year from the Rhode Island School of Design. More information and images of her work, including recent multimedia collage and film work, can be found at maggal.net.