Val Shamma’s practice engages forms that are simultaneously rigid and lipid. He is exploring the evocation of the friction between the freedoms and burdens that electronic devices exert onto their users. This exploration subsequently flows into the cultural endeavor to assimilate analog and digital objects. A focus on the supposed fungibility or symbiotic relationships from one technology to the next, and one technology to a sentient being, underscores his work.
This theoretical emphasis is translated physically through forms made from ceramics and media detritus that draw from consumer devices as sites of memory, bodily symbiosis, and notions of technological progress.
Val was born in State College, PA and grew up in Denver, CO. He attended The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA where he earned a BA in Visual Arts and Art History in 2016. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.