Title: Fire Dancer II
Medium: Acrylic on canvas
Size: 38 1/2" x 70 1/4"
Waldera received her BFA and her MFA from San Jose State University, California. Her work is a personal investigation of the feminine experience, especially the vitality and power of the feminine. She creates abstract images containing her own visual language to communicate the strength, courage, and primal power of women. One of her favorite symbols for women is the spiral, representing the journey of birth / rebirth, the evolution of the subconscious, and a metaphor for women's voices: a small inner voice originating from the center growing larger as it moves outward. Waldera's vocabulary also includes biomorphic forms which refer to images from prehistoric goddess-worshipping cultures. The content is an ironic play of similarities and differences, affirmations and contradictions, which explores feminist myth, magic, and power.
Her selected solo exhibitions include: San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, 1991-'92; Mission College, Santa Clara, 1991; San Jose City College, 1990; San Jose State University, 1988; and Freightdoor Gallery, Santa Clara University, 1983.
Her selected group exhibitions include: WCA National Juried Exhibition, 1203 Art Space, San Antonio, Texas, 1995; Off Beats, NCJW Women's Center Gallery, Los Angeles, 1994; Art as a Mirror of the Soul, The Student Union Gallery, San Francisco State University, 1994; Women and the Body, Works Gallery, San Jose, 1994; More Modern Masters, San Jose Art League, 1993; Santa Clara County Arts Council Painting Fellowships, San Jose Art League, 1992; South Bay Painters, Davis Art Center, Davis, California, 1991; Group Show, d.p. Fong Gallery, San Jose, 1991; Laffs Straight From the Art, San Jose City College, 1991; and Wallworks, L.A. Artcore, Los Angeles, 1990.