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ADVANCING THE ARTS ACROSS MARYLAND

Valeska Populoh

Valeska Populoh

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Artist Work

Professor Bluegill and His Harbor School of Fish
2011
Salvaged and repurposed second-hand clothing and textiles, hand-sewing and embellishment
Walkabout performance and storytelling
Charm City Merfolk
2012
costumes and props made from recycled salvaged and second-hand materials and textiles, hand-sewing and embellishment
walkabout performance
The Garment Workers' Tale
2012
costume made with recycled textiles, singer sewing machine, various crates and toy theater props and characters made with paper and board
toy theater performance with live score, approximately 15 minutes
The Holey Land
2015
wooden crankie with 50-foot long scroll of collaged images using hand painted tyvek
12 minute performance with live score by ellen cherry
Riparia
2017
multi-media interactive performance
The Holey Land
2015
scrolling panoramic artwork with storytelling performance

Artist Information

County
Baltimore City
Artistic Category

Other, Performing Arts, Visual Arts

MSAC Individual Artist Award (IAA)
Prior to 2012

Artist Statement

I have been exploring the impacts of industrialization and ecological devastation on our relationships with one another, to the places we inhabit and to the natural world. Mask and costume, procession and parade, puppetry and visual storytelling, fiber and textile traditions inform my work. My relationships to local communities and environments, and the metaphoric potential of materials are important to me. My performances propose the possibility of personal and societal transformation through labor, acts of devotion and popular education. Collaborating with and learning from other artists, community organizations and performance groups is vital to my work.

Artist Bio

Valeska Maria Populoh works as an educator, cultural organizer, artist and performer in Baltimore. She teaches at the Maryland Institute College of Art and is an affiliated artist with Black Cherry Puppet Theater. Valeska utilizes costume, mask and puppetry techniques to create performances and actions that respond to environmental and social concerns. An interest in acts of transformation, from materials to situations, informs her work. Valeska has performed at the International Toy Theater Festival in New York City as well as Streets Across America! organized by the Kennedy Center in 2012, Puppet Uprising in Philadelphia, the Puppeteers of America Festival and The Creative Alliance in Baltimore. She has been a curator and coordinator of the Transmodern Performance Festival and is the co-founder of the Puppet Slamwich! at Black Cherry Puppet Theater.