Apr 13, 2020[Subtitles available in English & Spanish | Subtítulos disponibles en español y inglés]
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A dark-haired young woman stands in front of a colourful street mural of a bird and daisy-like flowers. She has brown eyes and pale freckled skin. She wears a black tank top and has large hoop earrings.
She uses sign language to communicate.
I believe art is another way of communicating with the world. Art is communication without words. I can communicate all parts of my background through my art.
TEXT: Valerie Rose. Environmentalist, artist, & muralist
Growing up I was always interested in art but I didn’t think it would ever apply to my future career. I didn’t know whether to focus on earning a living or saving the planet. So I went to work at a corporate job working in an office. After eight months, I quit. I wanted to focus on my art but wondered how.
In a still colour image, Valerie stands in front of a variety of artworks mounted in a gallery. She looks up at a black and white painting that shows a picture within a picture. Two hands reach towards a stylised landscape painting of simple hills and a forest. White lines curve across the night sky and a small moon sits above the hills.
My friend encouraged me to pursue art full-time, so I decided to move to Nicaragua. It’s a beautiful country full of nature. The people were friendly and supportive. I began drawing every day and people took notice. I was encouraged to paint murals. I reluctantly agreed to just one mural. That was all it took. Painting murals became my love.
In a series of still colour images, Valerie stands in front of and creates a variety of different murals.
I try to connect my art to my other passions: the earth and environmentalism.
In a still colour image, Valerie crouches in a cage and smiles as a large grey wolf nuzzles her.
In rapid stop-motion footage, Valerie creates a large mural of a wolf’s head on a black gallery wall.
ASL, my first language, is a visual language.
Valerie creates artworks on an easel outside.
Art can break through barriers. You can simply show someone an art piece and share a common understanding.
Valerie smiles. The image morphs into a black and white painting of her face beside paint brushes and a pine forest. It is mounted on an easel outside on a grassy suburban street.
A circular logo has a green flower-like leaf and bud in the centre. Black text beneath it reads:
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