Valerie Carew produces interdisciplinary art as an act of resistance to social and environmental severance through performance, wearable art, installation, painting and field research. Methodologies of role-play, mimicry and humour are strategies used to describe relationships with land and female identity. She employs the home as a symbolic device and a physically mediating object between the body and natural environments. Using the body as a substrate for fibre-based art making, Carew reference local species in Ontario, Canada, with an eye toward dream-like nostalgia for land. She incorporates commodity representations of the wild in her paintings- the nature replacements which permeate urban dwelling.

Valerie has exhibited internationally, including Napier University in Edinbugh (2018), Dances at Dances at MuCCC: Festival of Contemporary Dance in Rochester NY (2017), and F Generation: Feminism, Art, Progressions in Melbourne, Australia (2015). Recent exhibitions include: Gender and The Lens II at Ryerson Artscape (2018), Hard Twist 11 and Nuit Blanche, Fly By Night at The Gladstone Hotel (2016), and John B. Aird Gallery (2017). She is a graduate from the Interdisciplinary Master’s in Art, Media and Design Program at OCAD University where she received two scholarships and the 2016 Outstanding Exhibition Award for her thesis Enclosure Movement: Comparative Dwelling and Embodiment.

Land Acknowledgement

 Valerie investigate areas of regeneration in southern Ontario such as fallow farmland ecosystems. These areas are the ancestral and contemporary territories of the Algonquin, Mississaugas of the New Credit, the Haudenosaunee, the Annishnaabe nation and the Huron-Wendat.


2019 Elaine Fleck Gallery

2018 Elaine Fleck Gallery, Catalogue Exhibition

2018 Gender and The Lens II, Ryerson Artscape, Toronto and Napier University, Edinburgh, Scotland

2017 Dances at Dances at MuCCC: Festival of Contemporary Dance in Rochester NY

2017 Laugh/Think, John B. Aird Gallery

2016-17 Hard Twist 11-The Gladstone Hotel

2016 Fly By Night: Nuit Blanche at The Gladstone

2016 MFA Thesis Exhibition, The Graduate Gallery, OCAD University

2016 Reconstructing Resilience Symposium and Exhibition, OCAD University

2015 F-generation: Feminism, Art, Progression- The George Paton Gallery, Melbourne Australia

2015 Feminist Art Conference Exhibit- Artscape Gibraltar Point

2015 Envelopment(s)- Robert Kananaj Gallery

2014 Thresholds-Graduate Gallery OCAD University

2014 Yellow House Gallery

2014 Toronto Art Expo

2014 Homer Watson House and Gallery

2013 The Eco Show- Gallery 1313

2012 Hangman Art Gallery

2004  Redhead Gallery

2016  MFA, Interdisciplinary Master’s in Art, Media and Design OCAD University

2014  BFA, OCAD University, Toronto ON

1995  AOCA Honours, Drawing and Painting

2015/16  Ontario Graduate Scholarship
2014/16  OCAD U Dean’s Scholarship:  Interdisciplinary Masters in Art, Media and Design

2016 The Interdisciplinary Master’s in Art, Media and Design Outstanding Exhibition Award

Academic Lectures
2017  Artist Talk, New York University, ITP Camp. Possibilities for Wearable Sculpture for Art Making: The Body as Substrate.

2017  Artist Talk, OCAD University. Guest presenter for undergraduate Drawing and Painting course: Landscape: Garden of Earthly Delights.

2017  Artist Talk, York University. Guest presenter for Law/Culture/Representation course: How critical issues can be visualized through the arts.

2015 Feminist Art Conference Residency, Artscape Gibraltar Point, Toronto ON
2014 Public Elementary School Residency- Bruce Jr. Public School (Arts in Education), Toronto ON

2016 Reconstructing Resilience Symposium, OCAD University, Toronto, ON.
2015 Feminist Art Conference, Artist discussion panel, OCAD University; Toronto, ON.
2015  Villanova Philosophy Conference, “New Encounters in French and Italian Thought,” Villanova University, Pensilvania. Paper submission: “Come to My Backyard: Bio-power and the Young-Girl in Domestic Space.”

2015/16 Interdisciplinary Master’s in Art, Media and Design Programming Committee,  OCAD University.

Teaching Assistant, Faculty of Art, OCAD University   2017 – Present Marker/ Grader for undergraduate course Thesis: Studio Research.

Art Instructor, Canadian Contemporary School of Art   2017 – Present
Students are introduced to avenues of conceptual making within sculptural practice, and learn ways to build visual language using textile and mixed media.

Session Leader, ITP Camp, NYU, New York   June 2017
Led skills sharing workshops dedicated to making hand crafted, wearable sculptural forms. Instructed students in soft sculpture construction with a focus in small garment fabrication, felting techniques, sewing and wire armature building. These body-based sculpture workshops offered professionals opportunities to explore art making using soft material as a component to NYU’s 2017 ITP Summer Camp.

Graduate Research Assistant, The Social Body Lab, OCAD University   October 2016 – January 2017
Interdisciplinary art based research in the development of Inquisitive Devices– wearable, body-based communication systems. Prototype for these systems were made through reflexive, sculptural material exploration and embedded electronic components, with the aim to explore possible, probable, and fantastic futures of body-based communications.

The Gall Pod Public Sculpture/Installation Project, Evergreen Brick Works   2015
• Facilitated community place-based learning through visual art practice. Two woven, inhabitable, human scale and interactive sculptures were created on site at the Evergreen Brick Works.
• Led EBW volunteers, summer camp groups, and visitors through the embodied process of weaving with natural materials.

Art Instruction with Artist Residency, TDSB   2012 – 2014
Developed and led visual art classes to students from grades 1-6 and maintained a drop-in studio within the public school environment.

Notable Commissions
Painting commissions for Christopher Plummer and renouned pianist Janina Fialkowska.

Art in Publications
House and Home Magazine
The Annex Gleaner News Paper, Toronto


Studio Assist Team: Kevin Bolianatz, Christine Carson, Ginette St. Germain