Using Walls, Floors, and Ceilings: Valeska Soares

November 6, 2015 - April 22, 2016

The Jewish Museum’s exhibition series bringing site-specific works of art to the Museum’s main lobby continues this fall with artist Valeska Soares' Time Has No Shadows (2015), a work that attempts to give form to the passage of time and connect its ungraspable infiniteness with the slipperiness of language and the instability of meaning. 

Soares’s artworks are often assembled from antiques and used materials, like those included in this work.  This process of recirculation gives new life to the discarded and disused, and adds to the stories accumulated across their scratched and faded surfaces. In Time Has No Shadows, poetic texts are placed on the carpet in a spiral shape, with a subtly-altered antique pocket watch hanging above each text. These revisions and alterations add yet another layer to the enigmatic histories of these timeworn items, inviting visitors to contemplate their own narratives for the installation and the objects within it.

Installation view of the exhibition Using Walls, Floors, and Ceilings: Valeska Soares.The Jewish Museum, NY. Photo by David Heald.

About the artist

Born in 1957 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Valeska Soares is a contemporary sculpture artist who currently lives and works in New York City.

Using organic and man-made elements, Soares produces ephemeral sculptures that reference spirituality, mortality, eroticism, time, and language. The depth and complexity of her work is magnified by the use of intimate materials such as clay, flowers, perfume, pocket watches, and antique furniture. Soares received her Bachelor of Architecture from the Universidad Santa Úrsula, Rio de Janeiro, and a postgraduate diploma in the History of Art and Architecture from the Pontifical Universidad Católica. Soares transitioned to a fine art practice and had her first solo exhibition in 1991 at Rio’s Espao Cultural Sprig Porto. Shortly after, she moved to New York and completed an MFA at the Pratt Institute.



Using Walls, Floors, and CeilingsValeska Soares is organized by Jens Hoffmann, Deputy Director, Exhibitions and Public Programs, and Kelly Taxter, Assistant Curator.

Using Walls, Floors, and Ceilings: Valeska Soares is made possible by the generous support of Wendy Fisher.