Exiled in Light :|: Never(W)here

Valerie Xanos has an interdisciplinary artist practice. Her thesis work uses analog and digital media to create site-specific, immersive installation art within a particularly composed architectural space. Exiled in Light :|: Never(W)here uses light projection, LCD installation, and a digital soundscape to focus on personal narratives of body, memory, and perceptual light shifts.  She explores…

Postcard Covid Mapping

Drawings serve as a process of mapping cosmic spaces of spiritual power for comfort and healing during the Covid19 Pandemic crisis and racist/homophobic/misogynist trauma of 2020-2021. Abstract drawings are created in ink on postcard stock. The lines, shapes, and elemental structures “map” a space of spiritual power.  Each artwork is an imagined space for the…

Mapping the Covid19 Experience

Mapping Space, Time, Movement, Sound, and Emotions through Drawing During the 2020 Covid19 Quarantine in Chicago, IL I’ve been working with my GAC students and colleague, Andres Hernandez to visually map our experiences during the Covid19 Pandemic. We actually started mapping our community before Covid19, but then we were concerned with issues of safety and…

Basile

Proud to be able to collaborate with my daughter Athena Xanos and her best friend (my other daughter from another mother) Jessica Dzialek for this series of photographs created Oct 2019 – March 2020. The works chronicle the birth of Athena’s son, my grandson, Basile Grey. Printed on fabric, we explore the labor of women,…

Black Hole

Here are a few of glimpses into my final video for the Never(W)here Installation. I’ll have the full video available soon…

Excerpts from “Exiled in Light” – Νύχτα

  Νύχτα :|: Night            Without the bustle of people, you’d think the city would be silent. But in the dead of night, you hear the background noises behind the silence. There is a hum of electricity. It is a low vibration and almost palpable in the air. I imagine how it would feel if…

Excerpts from “Exiled in Light” – Σκότος

Σκότος :|: Storm Lying in bed, I slowly awaken to the staccato sound of pattering rain. A low rumble of thunder vibrates through my belly. I feel a surge of exhilaration and leap from the bed. Pulling the cord to raise the wooden window blinds, I rejoice at the gothic view from the window. The…

Excerpts from “Exiled in Light” – Φως

Φως :|: Light Standing barefoot at a window in the dark room, I reach out one finger and pull aside the curtain for a peek. A bright narrow beam of light streams through the tiny opening. A white-gold blade, it cuts through the air and lands on the floor near my foot. I move my…