Krista Valdez uses her own body as a mediator between the psychological self and various social environments. In a consistent search for the uncomfortable, she situates her emotions in unfamiliar surroundings, longing to secure hew own position in society. Photographically, she creates spaces conflicted by reality and memory, unsure of how to enter.
Krista is currently finishing her BFA in Photography at Webster University. She has exhibited work locally at The Darkroom, Flood Plain, Urb Arts, and Arcade Contemporary Art Projects.
Our past subconsciously influences our internal reply to current social relationships. While we continuously evolve through various stages of life, so does our ability to adapt. My process of differentiating between psychological, emotional, and physical pain, is an ongoing attempt to unravel the reality of my own circumstances.
My obsession with love and sexual desire emanated through my Mother and Father’s tormented marriage. Through the lens of their relationship, I am eager to contradict common assumptions of how love and sex exist in our relationships and the modes of their exchange. How I choose to manipulate my materials or my body subsequently becomes a fetishized and oftentimes a masochistic attempt to numb the perpetual fear of feeling too much. While at the same time, illustrating my hidden desire to surrender to a romanticized notion of love.