Valerie Gilman

Valerie Gilman Sculpture
“Jadu Jadu”
Sagar fired ceramic on steel
16 x 16 x 4″

“Sweet Spot”
Sagar fired ceramic
28 x 8 x 4″

“Portrait of Untold Stories”
One-of-a-kind cast bronze
12 x 6 x 8″

Valerie Gilman


Taproot Arts & Insight
85 Baker Rd
Shutesbury, MA 01072-9703

413 253-0171

Tapping the Darkness

There are tender places hidden in the recesses of our psyches that long to be seen. I am compelled to go there. I have found that by cherishing and nourishing those bits, by falling in love with the forms that emerge from those places through my hands in clay, everything in life works more smoothly. The friction recedes and the internal voices stop battling with each other.

Because I am human, like so many others, I have discovered that my very personal tender bits are in fact not unique- they tap into the human experience.

My hope and desire is that these things I love give voice to that which is calling for attention in others, and will make their lives flow more smoothly too.

The imagination is an incredible bridge between the thinking mind and the psyche and the body.

After years of being an academic, earning my MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and teaching art at small liberal arts colleges, I found myself wanting to go deeper.

Now I split my time between being a professional artist, showing both in galleries and in craft shows as well as creating temporary site specific figurative pieces, and commissioned portraits, and being a transformational life coach. They weave together beautifully.

I help people find ease and flow in getting where they want to go by releasing the friction those tender bits cause when they cannot find voice.

Paradise City Marlborough, March, 2018 Booth: 200
Paradise City Northampton, May, 2018
Paradise City Northampton, October, 2017 Booth: 327

See the work in these galleries:
Gallery A3 • Amherst, MA