Valerie Hammond was invited to the LeRoy Neiman Center for Print Studies in 2016. Known for her organic approach to art-making and deft interaction with a variety of mediums, Hammond maintains a fluid artistic practice that is well-versed in printmaking. In her work, there is a continuous play between the material and immaterial, the physical and the spiritual: the dichotomy between what is seen and the sensation it provokes. In Flutter I and II, Hammond explores the possibilities of etching, and multiple dimmensions. Her laser-engraved moths play with shadow and light, while the layering of Gampi paper further highlights the physicality of the works. In Chimera I and II, her interest and awareness of the natural world is revealed as she navigates a realm where imagination meets observation. For example, the owl in Chimera II stares back at the viewer with human eyes. In Reverse Reflection, Hammond explores the freeing qualities of drypoint. Drawn to the physical quality of the drypoint line, she creates a subtle dance of moths, in a myriad of positions, each hinting at the female form.
Valerie Hammond was born in Santa Maria, California. She received her MFA from the University of California Berkeley, where she was awarded the Eisner Award. She currently lives and works in New York City and is represented by the Littlejohn Contemporary Gallery in New York and the Walker Contemporary Gallery in Boston. Her work can be found in both private and public collections, including the Walker Art Center, the Library of Congress, the Fine Arts Museum in Houston, The Progressive Art Collection, the Fidelity Collection, the collection of the New York Public Library, the Chazen Museum, the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, the Grand Palais Museum in Paris, and the Getty Museum in Los Angeles. Hammond is a recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, including the Peter S. Reed Foundation grant, the New York Foundation for the Arts grant, and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council grant. She has exhibited in solo and group exhibitions both nationally and abroad.