My artwork is geared toward social, cultural and phycological issues. Often referencing body language, my work explores the varying relationships between thought and action; Thought being the idea or feeling of insecurities and the action of being engaged in unfamiliar territory. Having engaged subjects as diverse as the LGBTQ community, pop-culture, and young adults my work reproduces the odyssey of self-acceptance. I use the same materials and processes keeping my methodology consistent. Although with the use of available light, the shadows and forms that cover the subjects are inconsistent and create new patterns during each installment. The series entitled “Nest,” is based both in Expressionism and Contemporary form of art. The series was inspired by Neoclassical era art which depicted, "an endlessly compelling means of creative expression."

 

Valerie Afawli #9, Nest Series, 2017

Valerie Afawli #10, Nest Series, 2017

Valerie Afawli #11, Nest Series, 2017