Branch Gallery is pleased to announce their upcoming exhibition, “RECYCLED,” featuring work by VALYA. This exhibition focuses on the idea of “being recycled,” drawing inspiration from the notion that the Universe continuously recycles cosmic dust. The works on display use leftover materials to emphasize this understanding that everything is recycled. Such mediums include: threads, newspaper, fabric scraps, second-hand clothes, wool, glue gun, glass beads, and various leftovers from other projects in VALYA’s previous exhibitions.
VALYA utilizes many fiber techniques, including mono printing, quilting, felting, and painting on silk to create her imagery. VALYA’s primarily neutral color palette and experimental forms are prominent in both her art works and her art-to-wear works (e.g., garments).
Branch Gallery is a fiber-based art space in Los Angeles. The gallery emphasizes both exhibition and education in its 1500 square feet of multifaceted space. Providing opportunities exclusively for the fiber arts, Branch Gallery allows fiber artists to share their work and techniques with the broader Los Angeles arts community. Bringing more attention to fiber as a fine art, along with its presence as a craft, will inspire others to create their own tactile fiber experiences. Inglewood has become known for its vibrant arts district and budding arts scene.
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VALYA is a fiber artist whose artwork has been exhibited extensively nationally and internationally, at venues such as National Art Museum, Lithuania; Oceanside Museum of Art, CA; Vision Art Museum, CA; Mingei International Museum, CA; San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, CA and other venues in Ukraine. Her work has been presented in anthology Ukrainian Art of 20th Century; Decorative Art of Ukraine of the End of 20th Century; 500 ART QUILTS, Lark Book; 500 FELT OBJECTS, Lark Book; among many others. She has received several awards and diplomas, including Brakensiek “Caught Our Eye” Award from the Oceanside Museum of Art, and an Honorable Mention at Kaunas Biennial TEXTILE’11, Lithuania.
Born in Ukraine, VALYA now lives and works in the US. In 2006, she opened her studio in Oceanside, CA. Since 2008, VALYA has been represented by TSEKH gallery, Kyiv, Ukraine. Go to valyaart.com