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Valerie Syposz began printmaking as part of an intensive visual arts program in high school, and has been working with this medium ever since. She is inspired by the equal importance of the technical and artistic aspects of the process, as well as by the unique aesthetics of each type of printmaking. Valerie creates prints using mainly lithography and linocut, and she often embellishes her work with embroidery. Her work combines traditional drawing techniques and pop aesthetics.
Valerie’s works are inspired from observations of everyday life, representing the mundane in a new light. Recurring themes include food and the human body. Simple things are seen as absurd or ridiculous, and thus create a satirical view of contemporary society. Her works question our individual and cultural identities.
Valerie Syposz was born in Ottawa, Canada, and received a BFA in painting and drawing from Concordia University in 2008. She moved to Japan in 2010 after being selected as a Monbukagakusho scholar recipient. She received a MFA in printmaking from Tokyo University of the Arts in 2013. Valerie continues to live and work in Japan. She is an award-winning artist, and has taken part in numerous international exhibitions.