Valeria Laura Szegal is an artist and architectural designer working in London. Her artistic practice stems from her architectural training, where she first became interested in themes of memory, belonging and identity in relation to physical spaces.
Her pencil drawings depict carefully constructed, abstracted and fictionalised versions of real places in an attempt to capture their nebulous and atmospheric qualities. The scenes are deserted, but through the use of colour, composition and lighting convey certain narratives around social activity, urban politics and attachment.
‘I take immense joy in the meditative nature of making drawings – from hand constructing perspectives, building dream-like colour palettes and adding layers and layers of pencil to paper. My drawing subjects are very personal, but it is important to me that they are in some ways open-ended and that they carry meaning and relevance to people beyond the confines of paper.’