Valerie Durant (BFA MA) is a Canadian interdisciplinary visual artist based in Vancouver, B.C., working on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.
Her photographic, video, and sculptural practise explores the interconnectivity between humans and the natural world, considering the fluid and seemingly invisible connections that link the land, the forest and the sea.
Linking the past and future with the present, exploring the concepts of regeneration and continuum, while conveying impermanence and ephemerality is integrated in her practice.
Her work has been exhibited in galleries and art institutions and held in public and private collections locally and internationally.
She received her BFA (2002) from Emily Carr University and attended Cooper Union in NYC. She holds an MA in Planning (2012) from the University of Pretoria, South Africa, completing her thesis on the topic, Sustainable Urban Agriculture and Forestation: The Edible Connected City https://repository.up.ac.za/handle/2263/26246
Her background in urban and food systems planning and architectural design is integrated in her creative art practise.
In 2020 She received a Canada Council the the Art Digital Original Grant for Silence of the Sea https://vimeo.com/463659233/5c95fb1d0e
In 2021 she received a Canada Council Research and Create Grant for Invisible Rivers, exhibited at Gibsons Art Gallery in 2020. The Youtube video can be seen at