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Valerie Mendoza is a multimedia artist, writer and educator. Her work incorporates strategies common to the realm of science. Research for her video series, Consumption, took her to Spain and France in 2001, where she collected site-specific video footage. In 2002 she began work on her multi-media installation, Artifact and traveled to Belgium where she worked as part of an archeological team focused on the search for Neanderthal belongings and remains. In summer of 2003, Mendoza continued her work with a return to France to document Cro-Magnon cave art throughout the Dordogne and Greater Pyrénées regions, including Lascaux II, Grotte de Villars, Grotte de Rouffignac, Tautavel, and Grotte de Niaux. In 2005 she worked at the border of the U.S. and Mexico shooting footage for her video/installation Different, naturally.

For the past 10 years Mendoza has used her work to investigate the interaction between history, memory, culture and language. Her interest lies in exploring how the influences of heredity, upbringing, social events, media and cultural constructs (such as science, religion, law and medicine), affect personal memory, guiding not only the decisions one makes, but how one’s history is framed after the fact. Using imagery, objects, audio information and various forms of narrative, her work creates a cross-disciplinary dialogue between disparate forms of information, offering both scientific and irrational explanations for natural and unnatural phenomena.

Mendoza received an MFA from the California College of Arts and Crafts in 1995, and a BFA from San José State University in 1992. She has exhibited internationally, with installation and video work included in Ars Latina 2007, at the Centro Estatal de las Artes in Mexicali, Mexico (June 2007), Site, Intervention, Identity at the Limerick City Gallery of Art in Limerick, Ireland (2004), and the 16th Annual Festival International Du Film Vidéo, Vébron, France (2003). Recent national exhibitions/screenings include New Visions 2008 at Pro Arts Gallery, Oakland, California (September 2008), Night Light: An Evening of Luminous Environments at the Climate Theater in San Francisco, California (May 2008), Crossing Borders/Cruzando Fronteras at Hera Gallery in Wakefield, Rhode Island (April 2008), Scanner as a Camera at the  Staniar Gallery, Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Virginia (January 2008), the Homeland Video Festival hosted by Woodstock Center for Photography in Woodstock, New York (November, 2007), the Third Annual International Small Film Festival at the Berkeley Art Center in Berkeley, California (September 2007), Her Shorts, with the Plugged Women’s Video Collective in Tucson, Arizona (May 2007), Tergloba at the Meadowbrook Art Gallery in Rochester, Michigan (March 2007), Illegal Entry featuring the work of 5 artists addressing border issues at Galería de la Raza in San Francisco, California (May, 2006), Packed, an exhibition featuring the work of artists from Ireland and the US at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia (February, 2006) the 8th International Open at Woman Made Gallery in Chicago, Illinois (March, 2005), En Masse, San Francisco Camerawork, San Francisco, California (March, 2005) and The Art of Illness: Examining the Biomedical Paradigm at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville Museum Gallery (January, 2005), among many others.

Valerie Mendoza was born in the Bay Area and taught part-time at the San Francisco Art Institute, U.C. Santa Cruz and Civic Arts Education before accepting a position as an Assistant Professor with the University of Florida in 1999. She lived and worked in Florida for five years. She has been an Assistant Professor with San José State University since 2004.