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Valerie Bunnell

"As metaphors for the human condition, my figurative works explore the spirit which exists between the make-believe and the real."

Valerie Bunnell creates ceramic and found object sculptures that imagine mysterious characters using form, texture, text, and potential movement. As a child, she was fascinated by dolls, marionettes, automatons, and the mythical figurative art of exotic cultures. She also experienced the mechanical world of her father's concrete block building towers with their chains, gears, and metal parts.

The figures are made in separate stages using slip molds, press molds, and hand-building techniques. They are assembled with wire, providing movement and animation. Glass and found objects of various origins are part of the mix and spontaneity. Treasures discovered at antique markets often jump-start the inspiration for subject matter.

After her first BS in Nutrition, Bunnell worked at several ceramic assistantships. She obtained a BFA from the University of Massachusetts and then an MFA from the Art Institute of Chicago. After working as a studio artist in Chicago for many years, she relocated to the East Coast. Today, she works in her home studio in Northampton, Massachusetts, where she lives with her husband and daughter.

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Roland
Mixed-Media Sculpture

$ 184
Celery Flakes
Mixed-Media Sculpture

$ 320
McCormack Cloves
Mixed-Media Sculpture

$ 290
PRR
Mixed-Media Sculpture

$ 176
Tiny Tot
Mixed-Media Sculpture

$ 176
Fly Red
Mixed-Media Sculpture

$ 180
Merck
Mixed-Media Sculpture

$ 176
Red Top
Mixed-Media Sculpture

$ 350
Tones
Mixed-Media Sculpture

$ 350
Type Bar
Mixed-Media Sculpture

$ 330
Star Clown
Mixed-Media Sculpture

$ 188
White Cloverine
Mixed-Media Sculpture

$ 320
S. Tome
Mixed-Media Sculpture

$ 320
Poultry Seasoning
Mixed-Media Sculpture

$ 320
Old Dutch
Mixed-Media Sculpture

$ 280
Rose II
Mixed-Media Sculpture

 
Sana Balm
Mixed-Media Sculpture

 
Butterfly
Mixed-Media Sculpture

 
Old Town
Mixed-Media Sculpture

 
Tartar
Mixed-Media Sculpture

 
Selected Exhibitions & Awards
Excellence in Crafts: First Place Arts Festival, Bruce Museum, Greenwich, CT, 2016
Award of Artistic Excellence, Art Providence , Providence, RI, 2019
Best of Show: Festival of fine Crafts, The Art Center, Highland Park, IL, 2015, 2012
Best of Show: The Crafts Alliance Fine Craft Show , Chautauqua Institute, Chautauqua ,NY, 2011, 2012
Judges Choice Award: Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival, Greater Reston Arts Center, Reston, VA, 2006