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The Contemporary Arts Center is pleased to present the 2016–17 Collectors Club Print by Valerie Corradetti, If I Should Ever Return Home. Created exclusively for upper-level CAC Members, this limited edition of 225 photographic prints was produced by Lakeside Camera Photoworks.
Born in Clayton, NJ in 1977, Valerie Corradetti is a multimedia artist living and working in New Orleans. Her practice frequently includes collected natural materials that form the basis for her detailed drawings and photographs.Corradetti often focuses on the power of landscape and its ability to represent a full range of ideas—the reality of beauty, the mundane, a promise of the future, and the unknown. With simplified materials, she creates two-dimensional representations of nature, commenting on what is real while recognizing the power of imitation. Through visual metaphor, she explores our increasingly stressed and distant relationship to the natural world. Her hope is that throgh intense observation she will more full accept reality, whatever that may be.
If I Should Ever Return Home articulates Corradetti's process of dissecting reality by creating an authentic fantasy experience. She uses the ephemeral nature of "home" to shift a personal narrative into a visual object, reminding the viewer to believe in the experience of wonder.