Curatorial Statement by Mariavelia Savino
One of the most exciting discoveries acting as Consultant Curator of an Artist is to see when artists initiate to develop a new path in their creative inspiration and use of technique. Recently, Valentina Bilbao started a new step in her paintings that I consider exquisite, deeply inspired and well developed. She has created very minimalistic and delicate paintings using on her canvas a clean white color for their background. Then, she depicts a definite textured expanding center employing her mastership in the palette knife technique, producing strong visual effects in the same white color selected as background. The result is a extremely attractive White on White artwork absolutely elegant and emotive. But, the Artist doesn’t just stops here, as she continues on some of her new artworks to develop her painting using a monochromatic dripping technique consisting in soft and defined dots made in a selected pastel color. Therefore, while the concentric strong spatula accents stop and soften before arriving to the edges of the canvas, the new drippings address the attention of the viewer towards the ends of the painting creating a feeling of uniqueness and infinite emotion. It is important to note that all these paintings are in synchrony with the music that Valentina Bilbao listen to develop her Art. She absorbs and decodes it when creating her paintings. The music is always there as a spiritual and uplifting companion on the creative process.
Music: by Ennio Morricone from the film Cinema Cinema Paradiso