Shalene Valenzuela's ceramic work consists of quirky pieces that reflect a variety of issues with a thoughtful, yet humorous and ironic tone. Her inspiration is found in everyday common objects she reproduces through slipcasting, then illustrates with a variety of handpainted and screenprinted imagery. Her narratives explore topics ranging from fairytales, urban mythologies, consumer culture, societal expectations, etiquette, and coming-of-age issues. Many of her images are pulled from somewhat "dated" sources that, for her, represent an idealized time in society and advertising. Such gems include instructional guides, cookbooks, old advertisements, and old family photos. Beneath the shiny veneer of these relics hides a complex and sometimes contradicting truth that things may not always be what they appear upon first glance.
Shalene Valenzuela exhibition February 2011.