Val Sears

My paintings are an attempt to solidify memories of sites that are inundated with my own personal history. Aware that the idea of home is a collective thought as well as one that is associated with physical and sentimental elements, I chose sites that are familiar yet unspecified.

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About Val Sears

Val Sears (b. 1988) is a Toronto-based artist born in Oshawa, Ontario. She recently completed a Bachelor of Fine Art from OCAD University in 2012 and was selected to receive the David W. Bain award for her thesis series This Place Then. She was also recently awarded Best Student Painter at the  Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition. Although she works in various mediums, painting is her primary focus as she continues to explore colour, texture, and processes to depict the everyday.

Artist Statement:
My paintings are an attempt to solidify memories of sites that are inundated with my own personal history. Aware that the idea of home is a collective thought as well as one that is associated with physical and sentimental elements, I chose sites that are familiar yet unspecified.

Through my paintings, I investigate the reliance we have on accustomed environments, and how the inevitable changes taking place upon the land alter our sense of place within the social landscape. As a reference to time, my source material consists of my own analog photographs. By combing these photographs with an interpretation of the current condition of the North American landscape, I construct surfaces that represent a transitory place, both within the mind and upon the land.

Honours and Awards: 
2012 Best Student Painter, Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition
2012 David W. Bain Award

Publications:
2012 Experiencing Perspectives, Mercedes Benz Financial Catalog 
2012 Drawing and Painting Catalog, OCAD U
2007 Faces of the Future, Oshawa this Week