Valerie Wilson

Juried Artist Member (JAM)

Winnipeg MB

Artist Statement
Having been the owner of an architectural antique business, old houses, and the people who lived in them intrigue me. In my current series, I create intricately detailed portraits of people from the past.

My work breathes new life into grey and forgotten photos of ordinary people. I enjoy the excitement of bringing the person to life through the careful selection of a variety of fabrics. Each carefully crafted piece takes at least a month of work in my studio from the initial sketch to a completed piece of art. In a way, my work is similar to archaeology in that I dig into the past to see how people lived and what society was like at that time. I preserve a small moment of the past which encourages people to reflect on past times.

My work honours ordinary people and provides a focus for reminiscences about times gone by. I combine a love of history, with a curiosity about people from the past, to capture character in fabric.