Angela Valamanesh’s work is both familiar and mysterious: recognisable, but not immediately understood. Her drawings, ceramic objects, and watercolours are the result of an incredible depth of research, referencing complex scientific, historic, and philosophical ideas. Valamanesh’s imagery stems from micro- and macro-biology, historic anatomical and botanical illustrations, natural history collections, and rare books. Valamanesh’s oeuvre is populated with the animal, vegetable, and mineral with glimpses of microbes, bacteria, pathogens, and spores.
Ambiguity triumphs over clear narrative drive. This is not a clear-cut celebration but is an expression of inquisitiveness, one that is compelled by botanical, anatomical and medical imaging and imagining. This is united with other knowledge, of ourselves and our yet still mysterious bodies. -Tanya Court, Everybody’s Everything: Insect/Orchid catalogue essay, 2017