I have had an affinity for words for as long as I can remember; captivated by the practice of word play and how through particular and intentional word selection, humans, author collective perceptions of being. Words are multi-sensory: aural, visual, visceral. My artistic practice is an act that extracts, isolates, and preserves life’s momentous or mundane moments and unassuming details, suspending and preserving social and cultural narrative in time space with the hope and capacity to connect pieces of humanity as a whole through nuances of syllabic pattern, pictograph, and material.
Materials come by the layer: Gaffer’s tape, beneath acrylic, aside Prismacolor pencil, a hint of oil pastel, smudges of graphite, a Bic ballpoint pen, stitches of silky German thread, the adornment of a butterfly wing.
Paige Valente is an artist, graphic designer, and art educator living and working in New Orleans. She holds a BFA in Graphic Design from the Savannah College of Art and Design and an MA in Art Education from Boston University.
It was 2007 and I was a year into a long distance relationship predominantly transcribed via the then new mode of communication: text messaging. To say the least, reading between the lines to find my lover’s voice and emotion; learning the language of a delayed reply among other things were confusing. I was still accustomed to just, ya know, picking up telephone and talking into it. It wasn’t even scary at all, not even when my own phone rang.
So, while walking through Old 4th Ward in Atlanta one soul searching afternoon in 2007, it occurred to me that those people in the olden days were onto something when they sealed there love into an envelope. So, the concept of sending Notes of Love, Like, and Lust 365 was conceived. The cards were launched and sold at my first solo exhibition in 2009 and subsequent exhibitions thereafter.
The passion nor the necessity ever ceased. It seems moreover that as a society we have become more hurried and superficially connected. It is in our nature however to find and feel the depth of meaningful connection. Joy.
So, put it in writing. Say it like you mean it. Tell that mfkr you love her or that you can live without him, but you’d rather not. Greeting cards are like vinyl records- cool and hip all over again, ya' heard me?
Graphic art services include, but are not exclusive to logos and branding, advertising and promotional materials, illustration, informational paraphernalia, announcements and invitations.
A collection of fine art can be viewed on the online gallery. Inquire to purchase or commission one of your own.