Angela Valamanesh – Biography
Angela Valamanesh’s work is both familiar and mysterious: recognizable, but not immediately understood. Her drawings, ceramic objects, and watercolours are the result of an incredible depth of research, referencing complex scientific, historic, and philosophical ideas.
Valamanesh’s imagery stems from micro- and macro-biology, historic anatomical and botanical illustrations, natural history collections, and rare books. Valamanesh’s oeuvre is populated with the animal, vegetable, and mineral with glimpses of microbes, bacteria, pathogens, and spores.[i]
“I think there are some similarities between making functional and non-functional objects…the same care and pleasure…the differences are to do with ideas,”[ii] states Valamanesh. Her refined use of material, which perfectly balances texture, form and subtle gestures, attests to this sentiment. Drawing from frequently recurring patterns in nature, organic shapes and textures, Valamanesh’s work is also subtly stylized, visualizing what many have avoided – a symbiosis between art and science.[iii]
Angela Valamanesh was born in Port Pirie, South Australian in 1953 and currently lives and works in Adelaide. Valamanesh holds a Diploma in Design in Ceramics from the South Australian School of Art (1977), a Master of Visual Arts from the University of South Australia (1993), and a PhD from the University of South Australia (2012).
Valamanesh has participated in many solo and group exhibitions including: Heartlands, Contemporary Art from South Australia, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide (2013); and the South Australian Living Artists Festival, Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia, Adelaide (2015). Valamanesh’s work is held in several significant collections in Australia including the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra and the Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide.
[i] Kenneally, Cath. Angela Valamanesh: About being here. Wakefield Press: Kent Town SA, 2009, pp. 17-18.
[ii] Ibid p. 6.
[iii] Knights, Mary. “The nature of things: Angela Valamanesh.” Broadsheet, 44, 2015, p. 36.