Allison C Valdivia

"Agua Dulce" Oil on panel, 2018. Allison C Valdivia

Allison C. Valdivia is a visual artist and former military brat who found her way to San Antonio, Texas. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the University of Texas in San Antonio, graduating in the Spring of 2016 with a concentration in Painting/Drawing and a minor in Art History. Her work has been exhibited throughout San Antonio at Plaza De Armas, Presa House Gallery, Great Northwest Branch Library, Provenance Gallery, R Space, High Wire Art Gallery, and The San Antonio Art League Museum. She was featured in UTSA’s College of Liberal and Fine Art’s 30th, 31st and 32nd Student Art Exhibition at UTSA’s main gallery. Her work has been selected for shows such as Print Austin’s “The Contemporary Print 2016” exhibition at Flatbed Press + Gallery, curated by Mary Heathcott, executive director of Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum and Delta National Small Print Exhibition at Bradbury Art Museum, Jonesboro, Arkansas, jurored by Dennis Michael Jon, Associate Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. She recently exhibited in Print Austin’s “The Contemporary Print 2017”, curated by Susan Tallman, Editor-in-Chief of the journal and website “Art in Print”.


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I am exploring the heartbreak and disarray that occurs between broken families. I’ve witnessed a pattern in the absence of male figures within my family and it's intergenerational effects. As I uncover forgotten family photographs, I find myself playing the part of a historian, exploiting the void that has occurred in our lives. I am inspired by traces of action left behind by the owners of the many photos I’ve recovered, such as a deliberate rip or a tear.

By viewing old family photos as an artifact, I have been creating my own stories projecting hidden philosophies based off of personal experience, from what I see in the object before me and the lack of family history shared with me. I am asking the questions: what is a family? What makes a family? The photo presents and depicts the ideal, but it is my goal to go past the surface of the particular image of the “happy family”.

I am fascinated by the idea of motherhood, the relationship between a mother and a child, and the impact that the relationship can have on both individuals. Coming from a broken family, I try to see all perspectives, from the hurt child with the lack of the parent, to the parent without a child.

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