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Artist statement

“We see what we know until we know who we are, then we see what we feel.”
                                                                                                                        — Ernst Haas

The idea of visualizing the invisible is something I’ve been continuously exploring in my practice as an artist. As a photographer am drawn to what lies beyond the physical appearance of things, trying to capture "what else is there" as Minor White so beautifully put it. I find the natural world endlessly inspiring and a rich source of metaphors through which I can tell my story.

Making the unseen seen has prompted experimentation with multiple techniques and medias (multiple exposures, alternative printing methods, collage). I confess that beyond looking for the best way to visually express ideas, I simply love experimenting. I tend to emphasize light and form over color hence the tendency towards black and white imagery. 

Like dreams, photography has a way of making thoughts and feelings surface, giving them visual shape. I am still amazed how the eye understands before the mind does - still surprised to see new facets of me in the images I create. 

BIO

Amy Kanka Valadarsky was born in Communist Romania and raised in Israel. After graduating as a software engineer, she worked in the Telecommunication industry and spent the next 25+ years traveling  around the globe designing software solutions that address the challenges of an increasingly interconnected world. In 2014, after leaving the hi-tech world, Amy returned to her creative roots and began a career as a fine art photographer.

Amy’s work was selected as a Critical Mass 2016 finalist, as well as featured in SHOTS, Black &White Magazine, Lenscratch and exhibited in a variety of galleries and photo festivals such as PhotoLa 2016, Los Angeles Center for Photography, dnj and bG galleries in Bergamot Station, Santa Monica. 

She lives with her husband and two cats in Santa Monica, California, while the rest of her family (including the dog) wait patiently for her to return to Israel. 

 

Curriculum Vitae

Recognition and awards

Critical Mass 2016 - Finalist                                                                                                                   LA Photo Curator, 1st place for "I wish I knew her then". Juror Susan Spiritus                                A Smith Gallery, Juror award for "All that remains". Juror Paula Tognarelli                                       New York Center for photographic arts, 2nd place for "Misthaven #1"                                           1650 Gallery, Los Angeles, best in show award for "Three swimmers"    

See full list of books/magazines/blogs who published my work on "Publications" page

                                   
Exhibitions

2017

DNJ Gallery, Santa Monica, CA. 4nd annual exhibition of Los Angeles Center of Photography juried exhibition featuring “Body and Soul”. Juror Paula Tognarelli.        
Los Angeles Art Association, 825 Gallery, Los Angeles. Juried exhibition “VS” featuring collage piece in cooperation with Betzi Stein.
Los Angeles Art Association, 825 Gallery, Los Angeles. Juried exhibition “2017 LAAA Benefit Auction” featuring “Through your eyes”.
38th Annual SMC Photography Exhibit, Santa Monica. Group exhibit featuring “The ticking of the clock”.
bG Gallery, Bergamot Station, Santa Monica. Juror: Om Bleicher. Group exhibit “Day Dreamers, modern and contemporary surrealism” featuring “Through your eyes”.
SE Center of Photography, Greenville, S. Carolina. Group exhibit “Beyond the Selfie” featuring “Pieces of me” and “Hidden gardens, secret dreams”. Juror Miss Aniela.   http://www.sec4p.com/selfie-ss/                               
LA Photo curator, 1st prize for “I wish I knew her then”. Juror Susan Spiritus.
PhotoLA 2016, Los Angeles. “Misthaven #4” part of LACP booth, “All that remains” part of Open Show LA booth exhibit.
ASmith Gallery, Johnson City, TX. Juror award for “All that remains” in group exhibit “Earth”. Juror Paula Tognarelli
SE Center of Photography, Greenville, S. Carolina. Group exhibit “Monochrome” featuring “All that remains”. Juror Dell Zogg                                                   http://www.sec4p.com/monochrome

 

2016

Black Box Gallery, Portland, Oregon. Group exhibit “Shadows and light” featuring “Misthaven #1” and “Misthaven #9”. Juror Todd Tubutis                               http://blackboxgallery.com/Framed-Shadow%20and%20Light%20Gallery%20Web/index.html
Jadite Gallery, NY, NY. Group exhibit “Trees and Geometry” featuring “Misthaven #1”
Photo Place Gallery, Middlebury, VT. Group exhibit “Personal Narrative" featuring “Hidden gardens secret dreams”. Juror Susan Burnstine. 
Darkroom Gallery, Essex Jct., VT, “Haunted” group exhibit featuring two images from “Misthaven”. Juror Russell Joslin.                                           http://www.darkroomgallery.com/ex87
Los Angeles Center of Photography, Los Angeles, “Xposed” group exhibit featuring three images from “Between here and then”
Los Angeles Center of Photography, Los Angeles. Member of the month online exhibit, featuring “Between here and then”. Jurors: Julia Dean, Thomas Michael Alleman and Ken Merfeld
https://lacphoto.org/amy-kanka-valadarsky-featured-lacp-member-september-2016/
Art Share LA, Los Angeles. “Spectra” exhibit featuring four images from “Left behind” portfolio.
IPA awards, “Family of man”. Honorable mention http://www.photoawards.com/winner/hmention.php?compName=Family%20of%20Man&level=pro
New York Center for Photographic Arts, New York. Juried exhibition “Trees”, 2nd prize winner. Juror Traer Scott.                                                                                                   http://www.nyc4pa.com/#!trees-2016-1/c24b7
DNJ Gallery, Santa Monica, CA. 3nd annual exhibition of Los Angeles Center of Photography juried exhibition. Juror January Parkos Arnall.        
Los Angeles Center for Photography, Los Angeles. Annual Fine Art Photography Exhibition. Juror: Hamidah  Glasgow.
Los Angeles Art Association, 825 Gallery, Los Angeles. Juried exhibition “2016 LAAA Benefit Auction”
Los Angeles Art Association, 825 Gallery, Los Angeles. Juried exhibition “VS. a collaborative art exhibition”
MOPLA 2016, bG Gallery, Bergamot Station, Santa Monica. “MONSTER Photo Gestalt”. Juror: Om Bleicher.  
MOPLA 2016, Aesthesia studios, American Society of Media Photographers booth. Juried exhibition “Awakenings” 
Art Forward Contest. “Dialogues with myself” – Bronze medalist. Jurors Stuart Ochiltree and Henry Rasmussen.                                                         http://www.artforwardcontests.com/c4-bronze-award-winners-photography/
Los Angeles Center for Photography, “mIXed – Nine photographic visions” 
PhotoLA 2016, Los Angeles. American Society of Media Photographers booth. Juried exhibition “Awakenings” 
SE Center of Photography, Greenville, S. Carolina. “Dreams and more”. Juror Ann George http://www.sec4p.com/dreams-and-more-ss
Duncan Miller Gallery, YourDailyPhotograph, Santa Monica, California. Juried exhibition “Dance” 

2015

Darkroom Gallery, Essex Jct., VT, “Haunted” group exhibit featuring two images from “Misthaven”. Juror Russell Joslin.                                           http://www.darkroomgallery.com/ex87
Los Angeles Center of Photography, Los Angeles, “Xposed” group exhibit featuring three images from “Between here and then”
Los Angeles Center of Photography, Los Angeles. Member of the month, September 2016 featuring “Between here and then”. Jurors: Julia Dean, Thomas Michael Alleman and Ken Merfeld
https://lacphoto.org/amy-kanka-valadarsky-featured-lacp-member-september-2016/
Art Share LA, Los Angeles. "Spectra" exhibit featuring four images from “Left behind” portfolio.
IPA awards, “Family of man”. Honorable mention http://www.photoawards.com/winner/hmention.php?compName=Family%20of%20Man&level=pro
New York Center for Photographic Arts, New York. Juried exhibition “Trees”, 2nd prize winner. Juror Traer Scott.                                                                                                   http://www.nyc4pa.com/#!trees-2016-1/c24b7
DNJ Gallery, Santa Monica, CA. 3nd annual exhibition of Los Angeles Center of Photography juried exhibition. Juror January Parkos Arnall.        
Los Angeles Center for Photography, Los Angeles. Annual Fine Art Photography Exhibition. Juror: Hamidah  Glasgow.
Los Angeles Art Association, 825 Gallery, Los Angeles. Juried exhibition “2016 LAAA Benefit Auction”
Los Angeles Art Association, 825 Gallery, Los Angeles. Juried exhibition “VS. a collaborative art exhibition”
MOPLA 2016, bG Gallery, Bergamot Station, Santa Monica. “MONSTER Photo Gestalt”. Juror: Om Bleicher.  
MOPLA 2016, Aesthesia studios, American Society of Media Photographers booth. Juried exhibition “Awakenings” 
Art Forward Contest. “Dialogues with myself” – Bronze medalist. Jurors Stuart Ochiltree and Henry Rasmussen.                                                                   http://www.artforwardcontests.com/c4-bronze-award-winners-photography/
Los Angeles Center for Photography, Los Angeles. “mIXed – Nine photographic visions” 
PhotoLA 2016, Los Angeles. American Society of Media Photographers booth. Juried exhibition “Awakenings” 
SE Center of Photography, Greenville, S. Carolina. “Dreams and more”. Juror Ann George http://www.sec4p.com/dreams-and-more-ss
Duncan Miller Gallery, YourDailyPhotograph, Santa Monica, California. Juried exhibition “Dance”                                                                                                                                              The perfect exposure Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. Juried exhibition “Aesthetics 2015” 
1650 Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. Juried exhibition “The Dark Side” http://1650gallery.com/darkside2015_exhibition.php
Linus Gallery, Pasadena, CA. Juried exhibition “Abstracts 2015”  https://youtu.be/bOrOqEV_99Y
ASmith Gallery, Johnson City, TX. Juried exhibition “Abstractions” http://asmithgallery.com/exhibitions/abstractions/
1650 Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. Juried exhibition ”Splash” – “Best in show”  http://1650gallery.com/splash2015_exhibition.php
ASmith Gallery, Johnson City, TX. Juried exhibition “Still”  http://asmithgallery.com/exhibitions/still/
DNJ Gallery, Santa Monica, CA. 2nd annual exhibition of Los Angeles Center of Photography juried exhibition. 

2014

Darkroom Gallery, Essex Junction, VT. Juried exhibition “Con-text” http://www.darkroomgallery.com/ex64
PhotoPlace Gallery, Middlebury, VT. Juried exhibition “The golden hours” http://photoplacegallery.com/the-golden-hours-at-dawn-and-dusk/
Gallery on the Lake, Raanana, Israel – group exhibition “Color in art” 
Ilanot Forest Center, Israel – juried exhibition “Photographing trees”

 

Member of

LAAA – Los Angeles Art Association
LACP – Los Angeles Center for photography
Netanya artist association (Israel)

 

EDUCATION
    
1982 - 1986    B.SC in Computer Science, Technion, Israel
2011 - 2013    Goldsmith diploma studies at Yael Shkedi private studio, Kfar Saba, Israel