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My sculptures are connected to nature, spirituality, and light, all of which are components of life. They are abstract in design and are created with wood, LED lights, and acrylic sheets. My work is constantly evolving as I experiment with materials, searching for new ways to reflect and diffuse light. The presence of light plays an important role in how my work affects the viewer. By contrasting darkness with illumination, I create a calming environment for reflection and meditation.

Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Nina Valdera creates light sculptures using geometric forms constructed from wood that are illuminated using acrylic sheets and LED lights. Her ideas are connected to spirituality, using light to symbolize life. Her light sculptures create a tranquil and meditative space for any viewer to experience. She was awarded a micro grant from Mural Arts Philadelphia for Site Sound: Revealing the Rail Park, where she created a striking LED sculpture of a railroad track that appeared to illuminate the horizon. Her work has been exhibited in group shows including Da Vinci Art Alliance and The Clay Studio in Philadelphia. Nina is pursuing her MFA at Vermont College of Fine Arts and received her BFA in Art Education from Moore College of Art & Design.

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