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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 always surprised to see how images can represent the photographed object and at the same time serve as a very sensitive and accurate self-portrait. 

BIO

Amy Kanka Valadarsky was born in 1964 in Romania where she spent her first eight years before her family moved to Israel, the place she calls home. After graduating as a software engineer, she started what was to become a 25 years long career in the telecommunication industry, traveling around the globe designing and implementing software solutions. In 2014, after leaving the hi-tech world, Amy returned to her creative roots and opened a new chapter of her life as a fine art photographer.

Amy’s work was selected as a Critical Mass 2017 Top 50, as well as featured in SHOTS, Rfotofolio, The Hand, 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 Santa Monica, CA. 

She lives with her husband, the dog and two cats in Even Yehuda, Israel.
 

 

Curriculum Vitae

Recognition and awards

Critical Mass 2017 - Top 50

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.

Black & White 2017 portfolio contest - Spotlight award for "Between Here and Then"

Black & White 2016 portfolio contest - Excellence award for "Misthaven".

New York Center for photographic arts, 2nd place for "Misthaven #1"

1650 Gallery, Los Angeles, best in show award for "Three swimmers"    

See "Publication" page for a complete list of books/magazines/blogs where work was published . Exhibitions listed below. 

                                   
Exhibitions

2017

Netanya Municipal Galleries, Netanya, Israel. “Alone” group exhibit featuring a collaborative work with Shari Yantra Marcacci .                                                                                                                                                       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