Verna Valencia is a New York based artist who employs collage to explore the written word. With an ear for poetry and an eye for color, she possesses an intuition for storytelling. Her avid creations assert collage as a viable medium to capture a place in time. She draws inspiration from sources as broad as the Bible ("The Return of the King") to Dante's "The Inferno" ("The Drowned World") to vintage rap music ("The Slums of Shaolin"). Verna crafts imagery from "actors", colors, and textures culled from graphic novels, religious iconography, vintage photography and natural history magazines.
Her series "Artists So Hot as to Melt the Paint Off the Walls" brings to the fore visual artists who pave the way in painting, sculpture, video and installation. She keeps her finger on the pulse of the New York art world in "The Mad Deep Lit Report" and opens the floor for her fellow artists on "Collage Corner".
Finally, as a follower of Jesus Christ, she uses collage to advance the Word of God. As St. Irenaeus proclaimed: "The glory of God is man fully alive".