Sculptor, printmaker, and painter, Valerie Hammond maintains a fluid artistic practice, distinguishable for her organic approach and deft interaction with different mediums. Yet the tangibility of her materials and processes are subtly undermined by the poetic nature of her imagery.
Hammond’s recent drawings vibrate with a low, almost audible hum, as if the insects, plants and animals in her delicately rendered compositions might take flight from the page or, if accidentally touched, disperse like pollen on the fingers. Her images, simultaneously alive and ethereal, resonate as memories do: ungraspable but vividly real. The work in this exhibition, revolves around the theme of memory, and, more specifically, remembrance: it is a memorial of sorts, drawn from Hammond’s personal and emotional narrative.