MANITOWOC, Wis. — Silver Lake College of the Holy Family presents “Unlearned Silence,” an exhibit of sculptural works by Valaria Tatera, now through Feb. 15 in the Donald P. Taylor Gallery in Main Hall on campus, 2406 S. Alverno Road.
Valaria Tatera is a visual artist whose work investigates the intersection of ethnicity, gender, commerce and the environment. Tatera explores self-identity and contemporary indigenous issues such as the environment, sovereignty and the co-opting of imagery. She earned a Master of Fine Arts in 3-D Art from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a Master of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ceramics from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
“Valaria is an activist who makes strong statements and educates the audience about indigenous injustices,” says Erin LaBonte, Art Department co-chair and associate professor of art at Silver Lake College of the Holy Family. “Her work makes me stop and think, as I hope it will make others. She has a unique visual language, incorporating traditional and non-traditional materials.”
LaBonte adds, “In my classes we examine the role of the artist in society, both historically and in contemporary society. I think it is a powerful thing when an artist decides to make work about contemporary issues and injustices.”
In her artist statement, Tatera describes her approach to sculpture as “process oriented, incorporating the tradition of production into an object.” The techniques she uses are labor intensive, “illustrated through the repetition and multiplicity of figures and forms found in the work.”
Silver Lake College of the Holy Family’s Donald P. Taylor Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.