We had the good fortune of connecting with Celina Valdez and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Celina, what are you inspired by?
Language, as spoken by the human body, is to a great degree inspirational to me. Hands can talk for a person even before a sound even leaves the mouth. Subconsciously, we do a substantial amount of communicating without consideration. Attempts to distinguish differences between genders, with regards to non-verbal communication norms, stimulates in me an intrigue. The polarized “feminine” vs. “masculine” differences in body language are contrastingly pitted under the examination of the sensual side of femininity. The empowerment that the freedom of sensual/sexual expression endows is then the vernacular that I wish to convey in my current photographic work, translating it without a filter of subordination.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I can not entirely decipher how the culmination of my life’s events, to-date, has impacted who I am as an artist; however, I have incurred years worth of fine art schooling from educational institutions such as OTIS, CalArts, ASU, and COD. My proclivities and inclinations have revealed themselves, increasingly, through my studies.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
For every individual that has afforded me (or will in the future) the opportunity to work with Them in a creative, or otherwise intellectual capacity I put forth an ever expanding appreciation. To the person literally holding my hand, my partner Jorge (whom has also assisted me through necessary improvements of skill), I give exponential love and gratitude while we confide in, and grow with eachother. I love you.