Michelle Valberg: Freedom


  • Wall Space Gallery 358 Richmond Rd Ottawa, ON, K2A 0E1 Canada

Valberg’s incredible dedication to her craft has taken her to regions as far-flung as the high arctic, Greenland, Newfoundland, Sable Island, Jasper National Park, and Ontario. In 2011 her work was celebrated in a three month solo exhibition, entitled Arctic Kaleidoscope, at the Canadian Museum of Nature. This September, Wall Space Gallery is thrilled to introduce the public to her latest body of work, which explores the fierce beauty of our country alongside the majestic abstraction of nature.

Artist Statement

For over 25 years I have photographed with the intention of regenerating simple beauty into a deeper reflection of humanity. The lesson I received early in my career was to maintain purity and integrity and to focus on the soul and the spirit of my subjects – no matter what the subject may be.

Nature was my first love; I remember vividly the deep desire I had when I first started photographing – I wanted to capture the beauty of every flower and rock I observed.  That desire is still as powerful today as it was then.  I believe that nature can mirror what we see in ourselves: our beauty, our simplicity, our complications, our responsibilities. I believe as an artist that there is no better evidence of the natural beauty of our universe than that which is reflected through the lens of a camera.  My favourite images are those that reveal the dichotomy of nature’s simplicity – and complexity – at the same time.

I continue to challenge myself, to dig deeper and to share the compassion I feel.  My commitment as an artist and a member of the community I live in is to create awareness and to remind others that there is always more to seek, more to feel, more to do.