Saturday, 26 May 2012
Valerie recently undertook the gruelling Celtic Challenge race, rowing throughout the night from Arklow, Ireland, back to Aberystwyth across the wild, pitch-black Irish Sea. Her sculptures capture the thrilling exhilaration of the waves, and the driving energy of racing as part of a team. Her work celebrates the underlying wilfulness of wild, natural things, and the sense of danger and unpredictability only just controlled.
‘Whether rowing, walking or riding my stallion, I observe my surroundings and feel such a part of it.
Wales is beautiful and its extreme terrains are brilliantly
challenging. I try to capture this in my sculptures which
have been a real challenge to make’.