I have a new friend who calls himself a coveter, meaning he wants things that he has a response to, he wants to acquire what he sees and loves. I enjoy seeing this excitement and awakened sense in him. I like to see him have a visceral connection to what he sees. This coveting is not about acquiring, but more about appreciating, and feeling a connection to the piece, like: "wow! I love that, I want it!" When presented with the experience of art, it is wonderful when we are able tap into that deep sense of appreciation, or felt sense of art.
Valerie Roybal, Transmutation 7, 2014, collage & ink on clayboard; 9x12 inches
Valerie Roybal, Zig Zag 20 (detail), collage and ink on clay-board; 10 x 8 inches
About the artist: Valerie Roybal holds a BA from the University of New Mexico, where she studied communication, journalism and graphic art as an undergraduate, and printmaking and book arts for several years beyond that. As an artist, she has shown her work in many group and solo exhibitions, including the 2nd National Book and Paper Arts Biennial at Columbia College Center for Book and Paper Arts in Chicago; Unraveling Tradition, and New Mexico Showcase at 516 ARTS; and Biennial Southwest ’08 at the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History. Her work can be seen in the book Cutting Edges: Contemporary Collage (Gestalten) and CUT and PASTE, 21st Century Collage (Laurence King Publishers). She is a recent recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation artist grant.