Dimensions Variable presents Paper Folding, an exhibition by Miami based artist Odalis Valdivieso.
Unlike production photographs that are by nature a form of re-enactment, Valdivieso’s photographs mirror dynamic compositions, originated by an indefinite process of manual and digital manipulation. In her work, she uses prints that pass through a process of been torn, painted over with gouache, glued with paint chips, then re-photographed, re-scanned, and manipulated with computer software. The order can change and be repeated multiple times. After being printed, the photographs are folded to give the illusion of a painted canvas, freeing them from negotiations with additional decorative components such as the frame or the glass.
She comments on her work:
“My recent work stands for something in particular. The images express concept and material, but lack specific narratives. They seek to deconstruct the fetishization of photographic technology and realism. Insisting on an endless deferral of meaning, avoiding romantic notions of transcendent artistic creation in or of itself. They layer further geometries atop the picture surface, while embedding a sense of temporal and topographic movement within the image. They are nothing more than what they are: simple paper objects.”
Odalis Valdivieso was born in Caracas, Venezuela. She currently lives and works in Miami.